Titusville man wants to be tried separately from Oath Keepers

Court documents: Oath Keepers lawyers spar over defense strategies

Kenneth Harrelson, center, seen in a photo from a criminal complaint. (FBI)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An attorney for a Titusville man charged in connection with the Capitol riot claims attorneys in the case cannot agree on strategy, and he is asking to be tried separately.

According to a motion filed Thursday in Washington D.C. federal court, an attorney for Kenneth Harrelson said attorneys representing the ten other defendants in the Oath Keepers case are arguing with each other on how to best show a prospective jury they are not guilty.

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“The Defendants in the group have developed to a circumstance of what some call ‘antagonistic defenses,’” the motion stated. “That is, the Defendants and their counsel have arrived at litigation strategies that are incompatible.”

Attorney Bradford Geyer, who is representing Harrelson, asked the judge for Harrelson to be tried separately.

He also claimed Harrelson did not know some of his fellow defendants, was not involved in planning to bring weapons and did not dress in tactical gear, as alleged by the prosecution.

Harrelson and the ten others, including Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, are charged with conspiracy to commit sedition.

Jury selection in their trial is set to begin on Sept. 26.

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Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.