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Man who carried gun through Parkdale Mall attends court hearing
BEAUMONT - You many remember Derek Poe, the man who carried his unloaded AR-15 rifle through Parkdale Mall.
A picture of poe.. this picture.. of him december 28th.. went viral. It led to a charge of disorderly conduct against the owner of a gun store.
Today.. a jefferson county judge held a pre-trial hearing.. and refused a defense request.. to throw out the case.
The disorderly conduct charge is based on what police call complaints from some people at the mall that day.. who said they felt 'alarm' and 'panic'.. and were 'afraid for their lives.'
The defense is raising questions about the law itself.
The judge set a trial date of october 20th. If convicted of the class 'b' misdemeanor.. poe could face up to 180 days in jail.. and/or.. up to a two thousand dollar fine.