She will go before a jury along with four other defendants in the case and the trial is expected to last five weeks. Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday, court records say.
A request for comment sent to Watkins’ defense attorney Jonathan Crisp wasn’t returned Monday. No public access will be made for people outside of Washington D.C. to listen to the trial.
An indictment in the case accuses Watkins of being in communication with other defendants before and on Jan. 6 and that she marched with others up the steps and into the Capitol during the breach. After entering the Capitol, the indictment says Watkins was a part of a group that tried to enter the Senate chambers before being repelled by police. It says others attempted to find House Speaker Nancy Pelosi but were unsuccessful.
The indictment says Watkins and other defendants gathered outside of the Capitol after the riot.
Defense attorneys for Watkins and other defendants who will appear in court Tuesday filed a motion on Friday again asking a judge to change the venue of the trial that is set to take place in Washington D.C. In the 14-page filing, the attorneys argue that sworn responses from the majority of the potential jurors show they have a bias against the defendants. The judge had previously rejected a request to move the trial but had not ruled on the new motion Monday morning.
The seditious conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, the DOJ said, but if there is a conviction, a judge will consider the federal sentencing guidelines and other factors before making a ruling. Legal experts have said that charging a person with seditious conspiracy is very rare.