Christopher Dolan / The Times-Tribune via APSt. Louis-based lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey speak outside the Republican campaign office in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, during a Trump campaign event on Sept. 30, 2020. (Christopher Dolan / The Times-Tribune via AP)
A St. Louis couple who held guns while protesters trespassed on their private street pleaded not guilty to two felony charges at a brief hearing on Wednesday.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are both attorneys in their early 60s, were indicted by a St. Louis grand jury last week on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. They will appear in court again Oct. 28.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner originally filed the weapons charge in July.
The grand jury added the evidence tampering charge. The indictment states that a semiautomatic pistol was altered in a way that “obstructed the prosecution of Patricia McCloskey” on the weapons charge.
The McCloskeys have blamed the