Charges tweaked against East Helena brothers in Capitol riot

PHIL DRAKE

Jerod Hughes

Joshua Hughes

Two East Helena men charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection entered not guilty pleas Monday for an updated indictment in their case.

Joshua Calvin Hughes and Jerod Wade Hughes will return to court Jan. 7 for a status conference, according to notes added to their court docket. Prior to Monday the status conference had been set for Dec. 1.

The charges and defendants in the “superseding indictment” remain the same for most of the allegations, court documents show. There are some minor changes in the language in first two counts in the document filed Nov. 10.

Also, the number of counts was pared from nine to eight. One of the indictments, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, is not in the updated document.

Count one now says the brothers adversely “affected commerce” on Jan. 6, and the second indictment adds wording saying the brothers tried to impede Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote.

The brothers have been charged with civil disorder,

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