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February trial schedule for ‘Pink Hat Lady’

Rachel Powell wearing a mesh mask.

A Mercer county woman dubbed the “Pink Hat Lady” after she was recorded on video wearing a pink hat during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in Washington D.C. has been scheduled to go on trial in February for her actions during the riot.

The trial for Rachel Powell, 41, of Sandy Lake is scheduled to commence Feb. 21, 2023 in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. before Judge Royce C. Lamberth, who set the date Wednesday during a status conference.

A former Butler County resident, Powell is facing eight charges in connection with the riot, which disrupted a joint session of Congress called to certify the Electoral College vote from the 2020 presidential election. Her pretrial release is being supervised under home confinement.

She was being held in the Butler County Prison until she was released in February 2021.

The FBI alleges that Powell used a bullhorn to encourage other rioters inside the U.S. Capitol building and helping other rioters break a window using a large pipe.

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