This got here hours after the Justice Department launched new movies of Morss, which the judge mentioned present how he took on an impromptu management function within the assault, coordinating with different rioters and instigating clashes with police.
“He is willing to use his training or experience to organize with the rioters on January 6 … thereby making their actions more effective, more forceful and more violent” Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey mentioned. Harvey went on to say that the rioters “appeared disorganized” till Morss, who was “in his element” as a former Army Ranger, started issuing directions.
According to Pentagon information, Morss was within the Army from 2011 to 2015, and was deployed to Afghanistan 3 times. He was specialist when he retired from military service.
He has pleaded not responsible to all expenses.
After Morss was arrested, Harvey additionally famous, police discovered a pocket book in his automobile with a web page entitled “Step by Step To Create Hometown Militia.” The plan included a listing of provides, together with an assault rifle, and steps corresponding to “battle drills” and “ambush.” The search additionally uncovered an unconstructed Lego set of the Capitol constructing and 6 firearms. Investigators haven’t discovered the assault rifle talked about in Morss’ pocket book.
“While Jan 6 may have passed, the fight for Mr. Morss continues,” Harvey mentioned.
The Justice Department additionally launched a number of movies from Morss’ case Tuesday after NCS and different information retailers sued for entry. The footage underscores the judge’s feedback about Morss collaborating with different rioters and instigating violent clashes with cops.
Federal prosecutors recognized Morss within the movies with superimposed containers and arrows.
One police bodycam clip exhibits Morss talking different rioters shortly earlier than grabbing a fence and pulling it away from the police line. Another clip exhibits him handing stolen police shields to different rioters. Another clip exhibits him getting into the Capitol via a damaged window.