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Cases continued against two Mathews County residents charged in U.S. Capitol riot

A trial date for Mathews residents Cindy Fitchett and Doug Sweet, both of whom were arrested and charged with federal violations related to entering the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, has still not been set because of continuances sought by the federal government.

During the latest status hearing, held on Tuesday, Judge Carl J. Nichols determined that the interest of justice would best be served by granting U.S. Attorney Seth Adams’s request to exclude the proceedings from the Speedy Trial Act and continue the case once again. Another status conference was scheduled for Thursday, July 1, at 9:45 a.m. via teleconference. Neither Fitchett nor Sweet objected to the continuance.

Adams explained that, while preliminary discovery has been filed on the cases, which involve four other defendants, as well, there is still a large amount of video evidence related to body cameras that needs to be shared with defense counsel. Video has revealed that one of the defendants, Michael Curzio, w...

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