Newly unsealed court documents show a Tennessee man arrested for his involvement in the January 6, 2021,he also conspired with another person to kill dozens of federal agents involved in the investigation.
Earlier this year, Edward Kelley, 33, was one of many rioters arrested for trespassing into the US Capitol and assaulting an officer.
According to the FBI, Kelley then discussed plans with 26-year-old Austin Carter to kill police personnel who had worked on his criminal investigation and made a hit list. Court records show that a witness provided the list of 37 names to a local Tennessee police department on Tuesday.
Kelley and Carter discussed information gathering and plans for law enforcement officials on the list, which were also put on the FBI’s Knoxville field office.
“You are taking them out of your office,” said Kelley, who was recorded by the unidentified witness on Wednesday. “What you and Austin have to do is recruit as many as you can, call the ones you need to call, and you’ll attack his office.”
When the witness asked if the attack was taking place at the Knoxville office, Kelley said yes.
Carter later told the witness that “this is the time, add or put” and “definitely make sure you have everything racked, locked and loaded.”
Kelley’s attorneys in Tennessee and Washington DC did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.
In a statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the “allegations that people tried to attack and injure or kill FBI personnel are sickening.”
Both Kelley and Carter appeared in court Friday in Knoxville before Federal Judge Jill E. McCook. They are charged with conspiracy, retaliation against a federal official, interstate communication of a threat, and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.
“Federal law enforcement agents risk their lives every day to protect the public,” US Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III told WATE-TV on Friday. “Planning and threatening violence against them is one of the most serious crimes. It is absolutely unacceptable and will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”
The preliminary hearing of the two men is scheduled for January 3. Meanwhile, Carter’s detention hearing is scheduled for December 21.
On Friday, a high-profile rioter at the US Capitol.to five years in prison for his role in the January 6 insurrection. Doug Jensen, a QAnon conspiracy theorist from Iowa, was of seven federal charges. He was accused of being among the first to breach the Capitol and led the mob that chased US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman down the Capitol steps. Prosecutors called Jensen the “poster boy for the insurrection.”
More than 880 people have been charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack, the Justice Department said.