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Hunter Biden’s Ex Panicked After Finding Gun, Testifies in Court

Hunter Biden's Ex Panicked After Finding Gun

Hunter Biden's Ex Panicked After Finding Gun

United States: Hunter Biden’s former romantic partner has disclosed that she experienced sheer panic upon discovering a firearm in his vehicle – a moment that triggered a tumultuous series of events culminating in the president’s son standing trial in federal court.

Hallie Biden, who is also the widow of Hunter’s late brother Beau, recounted that she stumbled upon the revolver amidst a disarray of clothing and debris in the glove compartment of Hunter Biden’s truck, according to the reports by BBC News.

In the Delaware courtroom, the prosecution is set to present testimony from two additional witnesses on Friday as they finalize their case to the jury. It remains uncertain whether Mr Biden will testify in what marks the first trial involving the progeny of a sitting US president.

Currently 54, he has been charged for falsely disclosing information on a form when he bought the firearm as well as ammunition on October 12, 2018, in Wilmington, Delaware. It may lead up to a conviction that might see a suspect serve up to 25 years in prison.

Most of the important charges of Mr Biden stem from his alleged ownership of a firearm while he was under the influence of narcotics; the man has pleaded not guilty to three of the charges. His legal advocates argue that he was in a state of rehabilitation when filling out the form; hence, it was the truth that he filled out the form, affirming that he is not a drug user.

On Thursday, Joe Biden faced the murder trial due to the testimonies of the key witness, Hallie Biden, with whom Hunter Biden was involved after her husband, Beau, died in 2015.

Ms Biden, 50 years testified, responding to the allegations that she felt embarrassed and ashamed for trying to smoke crack cocaine after Mr Biden introduced it to her.

Speaking emotionally and elaborately, she narrated having a “volatile” and “intermittent” relationship, the problem of substance use and abuse, and their challenging years and heart-rending fight to overcome the substance dependency.

Ms. Biden stated that she ceased using the drug in August 2018 but that Hunter Biden continued his use. Alarmed by his “exhausted” appearance and fearing a relapse into crack use, she explained to the jury that she searched his truck early on the morning of October 23, 2018 – an action she often undertook, the reports by BCC News outlined.

Among the clutter of clothes and trash, she discovered “remnants” of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. “Oh, and the gun, obviously,” she added.

Instantly, panic ensued. “I was terrified he might harm himself, and I feared my children could find it and hurt themselves,” the mother of two explained. “I was apprehensive about handling it. I didn’t know if it was loaded,” she continued.

Frightened, she enveloped the 0.38 caliber Colt Cobra revolver in a leather pouch, placed it in a purple “gift shopping bag,” and disposed of it in a trash bin at a nearby grocery store. “I realize it was a foolish decision now,” she admitted. “But I was in a state of panic.”

Initially, she did not intend to inform Mr. Biden about her actions. However, when he awoke and noticed the firearm was missing, he confronted her. “Did you take that from me, Hallie?” read one irate text shown to the jury. “You need to help me think right now, Hallie. This is very serious.”

At his insistence, she returned to the store to retrieve the gun but was unsuccessful. Subsequently, she filed a police report. “I’ll take the blame,” she texted him from the scene. “I don’t want to live like this,” the reports by BBC News outlined.

It later emerged that the weapon was discovered by a man who routinely scavenged through the grocery store’s refuse to collect recyclable items.

Ms Biden also testified that she did not witness Mr Biden using crack cocaine in the days preceding his purchase of the firearm and her subsequent disposal of it.

As she spoke, Hunter Biden’s gaze remained fixed on her. He also glanced back at his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, who has been present throughout the trial.

Hallie Biden further testified that it was only after their relationship began that she became aware of Mr Biden’s drug use. She found crack cocaine at her residence, where he often stayed, and subsequently observed him using the drug frequently.

She described the effects of crack on him as leaving him “agitated or high-strung but at other times, he functioned well.”

During questioning on Thursday, the prosecutor referenced a text message Hunter Biden sent to Ms. Biden the day after he acquired the firearm, indicating he was waiting for a dealer named Mookie. She testified that this meant “he was buying crack cocaine.”

Two days after purchasing the gun, he texted Ms Biden that he was “sleeping in a car smoking crack.”

The text exchanges included numerous emotional messages from Ms. Biden imploring him to achieve sobriety. “I’m afraid you’re going to die,” read one of her messages.

The defense argued that Hunter Biden might have lied about his drug use to evade seeing Hallie Biden, emphasizing that she had no means of knowing his exact activities at the time. During cross-examination, Ms. Biden confirmed she had not seen him using drugs during that period. Abbe Lowell, Mr. Biden’s attorney, suggested the request to “help me get sober” could have referred to alcohol, to which she concurred, as per BBC News.

Following her testimony, the court heard from Millard Greer, a former Delaware State Police lieutenant who retrieved the firearm, and Edward Banner, an 80-year-old pensioner who found the weapon while searching for recyclables in the grocery store’s bins.

Meanwhile, as his son faces the court, President Joe Biden has maintained his public duties, delivering a speech in France on Thursday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. In an interview with ABC News on the same day, President Biden affirmed he would accept the trial’s outcome and would not grant a pardon if his son is convicted.

Hunter Biden is also scheduled for a trial in California in September on charges of failing to pay $1.4 million in taxes.

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