SWFL Capitol riot suspect represented by Kyle Rittenhouse’s former attorney

Reporter: Taylor Petras Writer: Melissa Montoya
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Capitol riot suspect Christopher Worrell of Collier County. Credit: Shared with WINK News.

A Collier County man arrested for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will plead not guilty.

Christopher Worrell, 49, has a new attorney.

Worrell will be represented by John Pierce. Pierce, a Los Angeles attorney, was part of the defense for Kyle Rittenhouse for a short period of time. Rittenhouse is the teen accused of shooting and killing two people during the Kenosha protests after Jacob Blake was shot by officers.

“I now represent Chris Worrell,” Pierce said on Twitter.

Pierce said it is an honor to represent Worrell.

“He will be pleading not guilty to all charges,” Pierce said.

Pierce declined to comment on Tuesday.

Worrell remains in jail. Prosecutors want him to stay there until he goes to trial. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.

FBI investigators say Worrell is a Proud Boy. The Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Proud Boys as a hate group who espouse white nationalists beliefs and misogynistic rhetoric.

The FBI said Worrell carried pepper spray during the insurrection and targeted law enforcement officers.

Worrell’s previous attorney said Worrell attended the Jan. 6 uprising at the request of former President Donald Trump.

However, unlike the social media accounts of others accused of being at the insurrection, Worrell appears to not have any evidence on his social media accounts.

Worrell’s Facebook profile shows a Trump 2020 banner.

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