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Gorbey Update

Prosecutors rested their case against Michael Gorbey on Tuesday after presenting the sword and shotgun that Capitol Police say he carried along with dozens of rounds of ammunition on his way to the Supreme Court on Jan. 18.

[IMGCAP(1)]Gorbey was arrested after Capitol Police spotted him walking near the Capitol, allegedly with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun. Gorbey, who insisted on representing himself, will begin calling his witnesses today; the trial will then resume Monday.

The 3-foot-long sword showed to the jury bore the phrase “Liberty or Death” on its jagged blade. Also written on the blade was “13-7,” which was taped to the back of the pickup truck — allegedly loaded with explosives — that investigators say Gorbey drove to the Capitol.

The “13-7” notation appears to be a code for Gorbey’s initials. Prosecutors questioned Jonathan Klipa, a Capitol Police crime scene technician, about paper evidence he collected from Gorbey’s person that matched each letter of the alphabet with its corresponding number.

Klipa testified that “M,” the 13th letter of the alphabet, was matched with 13, and that “G” was matched with 7.

During Klipa’s testimony, members of the jury laughed as a courtroom assistant brandished the sword so that they could get a close look at it.

Klipa testified that the shotgun was operable and “fired a 12-gauge round,” based on a test officers performed four days after Gorbey’s arrest. He also testified that Gorbey was not licensed to carry weapons in Washington, D.C., the day he was arrested.

Klipa said he was unable to find fingerprints on the shotgun rounds, possibly because of the cold and wet weather conditions, which may have stripped them of the water-soluble materials necessary for detecting fingerprints.

He also said he did not detect any fingerprints on the green truck that prosecutors say Gorbey drove to D.C. that day.

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