WASHINGTON, Pa .– A former Washington County couple accused of participating in the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol were arraigned Friday on additional charges, while a federal judge also denied their request possession of a gun to protect the livestock on their poultry farm in North Carolina.
Dale “DJ” Shalvey and Tara Stottlemyer appeared by video conference for their arraignment before U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington, DC, over a new alternate indictment that accuses Shalvey of attacking a police officer and stealing documents while the two were on the Senate floor.
Shalvey, a native of Wheeling, and Stottlemyer operated a turkey farm in Centerville when they were accused of participating in the assault on the Capitol. The couple have since married and now live in Conover, North Carolina, where Stottlemyer operates a Free Folk Pastures poultry farm, according to North Carolina Department of Agriculture records.
Stottlemyer, from Charleroi, has asked for a change in his release that would allow him to own a firearm after at least one animal on his farm was recently killed, according to testimony at Friday’s hearing. The Free Folk Pastures website shows that they keep chickens, ducks and turkeys for sale.
“They tried other means to protect the cattle,” Stottlemyer’s lawyer Myra Cause said of failed attempts to stop wildlife from killing their animals. “It’s not the first time.”
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Franks has raised concerns about Stottlemyer’s possession of a gun, especially as she faces federal felony charges and lives with Shalvey, who is accused of assaulting a DC Metro police officer on Capitol Hill. He added that Shalvey allegedly lied to federal investigators about the attack on the officer, which begs the question of whether the couple could be trusted to ensure they don’t take possession of them.
“I have strong reservations that he can get the gun,” Franks said. “I think there is a level of reliability that I’m struggling with.”
Franks said the status officers monitoring the couple said they also had reservations about Stottlemyer being allowed to have a gun and suggested other options, such as traps , to prevent wildlife from coming to their farm.
“It’s not entirely clear if she has fully tried these other methods or if they don’t want to bring in any more birds without knowing they couldn’t protect them,” Kelly said while reviewing the request from the ‘accused.
Kelly rejected Stottlemyer’s request over these concerns, although he said he was willing to reconsider it if his attorneys could come up with a reasonable plan to ensure Shalvey did not have access to the gun. .
“Maybe there is a set of terms you can come up with that would allay the concerns about (Shalvey),” Kelly said. “I don’t know what they would be, but maybe you can find them. … I think it’s up to you to come up with something more concrete.
Also during Friday’s hearing, Franks indicated that an additional indictment could be filed, including a third defendant in the case, although that person was not named in court.
The couple face federal charges of obstructing formal proceedings and of complicity; enter and stay in a building or on restricted land; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a building or on a restricted site; enter and remain on the floor of Congress; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parade, demonstrate or picket in a Capitol building.
Shalvey was reportedly seen on video rummaging through papers on Senator Ted Cruz’s desk, as he is also accused of taking a letter from Senator Mitt Romney to then-Vice President Mike Pence. He faces additional charges of civil disorder; assault, resist or interfere with certain officers; theft of personal property under special maritime and territorial jurisdictions; and misrepresentation.
Shalvey was initially charged in March, while Stottlemyer was charged in September. Their next hearing is scheduled for February 17 at 11 a.m.