BREAKING: J6 defendant David Homol commits suicide in Florida while awaiting trial

Homol is now the fifth Jan. 6 defendant to commit suicide.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

A Florida man who had been arrested on charges related to his alleged role in the January 6 US Capitol riot has committed suicide while awaiting trial, according to a police report.

David Kennedy Homol, 55, of Umatilla, Florida, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found dead on April 18, police said.

Homol is now the fifth Jan. 6 defendant to commit suicide.

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., submitted a motion for abatement of prosecution and a death notice to US District Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather on May 7, per the Epoch Times.

Homol was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges by the FBI on Jan. 10, 2024, in Orlando, Florida, according to the Justice Department.

A criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia shows that he was charged with multiple felony offenses including obstruction of an official proceeding, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, much the same charges as have been levied against other J6rs.

He was also charged with several misdemeanor offenses, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or ground, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and act of physical violence on Capitol grounds, according to the DOJ.

Homol allegedly assaulted two police officers on the Capitol's West Plaza with a plastic flagpole just before 2:15 pm on January 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

According to the FBI’s statement of facts, Homol allegedly struck the first officer in the back and assaulted a second officer during a scuffle in which the officer attempted to take away his PVC flagpole.

Homol’s brother, Dillon Paul Homol, 25, of Coco Beach, Florida, was sentenced in January to two years probation and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, according to the DOJ.

He was found guilty in September 2023 on three misdemeanor charges. Dillon Homol pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. He was acquitted of obstruction of an official proceeding.

The two brothers traveled together to attend the Stop the Steal protest on Jan. 6 in Washington, DC, the Epoch Times reports.

"In the 36 months since Jan. 6, 2021," the DOJ states, "more than 1,265 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 440 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing." The DOJ continues to ask for tips to aid in the arrest and prosecution of those who were at the Capitol on that day.
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