The lawyer for Kernersville resident Charles Donohoe says there is no evidence that he played a primary role in organizing the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. 

Federal authorities believe the 33-year-old Donohoe is a local leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group.  He's been charged with conspiring with other Proud Boys leaders to help plan and organize the attack at the Capitol. Donahoe remains in custody while his appeal works its way through the court system.

Donohoe's attorney Lisa Costner responded to the allegations in a court filing this week.

Costner says Donohoe's participation in Proud Boys conversations on the Telegram app does not prove any criminal intent and asks the court to consider his military record as a U.S. Marine.  She also claims there is no evidence showing he entered the Capitol and rebuffs allegations that he took part in any illegal actions during the riot.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the appeal will be considered in U.S. District Court, but no date has been set for a hearing.

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