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Hunter Biden gun trial: Beau Biden's widow says Hunter introduced her to crack

Prosecutors say they expect to rest their case by mid-morning Friday

By Joe Fisher & Ehren Wynder
Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building with his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, on the fourth day of trial on criminal gun charges in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI
1 of 4 | Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, departs the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building with his wife, Melissa Cohen Biden, on the fourth day of trial on criminal gun charges in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday. Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

June 6 (UPI) -- Hunter Biden's gun trial entered its fourth day on Wednesday with the cross-examination of the man that sold him the gun in question, testimony from his late brother's widow and from the police officer who found the gun.

Hallie Biden, widow of the late Beau Biden, testified that she found Hunter Biden's gun, along with drugs, while cleaning his truck on Oct. 23, 2018. She took the gun to a nearby grocery store to throw it away in a trash can but later returned to try to retrieve it.

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The jury viewed surveillance footage from the store showing Hallie Biden disposing of the gun.

"I didn't want him to hurt himself," she said, adding that she also did not want her children to find the gun and hurt themselves.

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She also said Hunter Biden introduced her to crack in 2018. She said she then used the drug, something that she regrets.

Hallie Biden said she first discovered Hunter Biden's drugs in 2015 or 2016. They were dating at the time. She identified those drugs as crack cocaine. She said she later confronted him about his drug use between 2017 and 2018. He would sometimes acknowledge that he had an addiction but told her "I'll figure it out my way," according to her testimony.

During cross-examination, Hallie Biden said she didn't see Hunter Biden use drugs when he bought the gun.

Gordon Cleveland, a gun salesman who testified that he sold Biden the gun, was asked by defense attorney Abbe Lowell about the phrasing of questions on the form Biden completed when he purchased the gun.

Cleveland confirmed that one question was posed in the present tense: "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to," drugs.

Cross-examination of Cleveland was completed within an hour of court coming into session. He also testified on Wednesday.

Delaware State Trooper Joshua Marley, who responded to a report of a "stolen gun" on Oct. 23, gave a brief testimony in which he said he initially thought Hunter Biden was the victim of a crime because he reported a "gun was removed from his vehicle."

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Marley said he viewed security footage and was present for an interview with Hunter Biden but did not conduct the interview himself.

During cross-examination, Marley admitted he didn't think he "ever even saw" Hallie Biden.

Former Delaware State Police Lt. Millard Greer, who found the missing gun, took the stand after Marley.

Greer, who is now a special investigator with the Delaware Department of Justice, said he recovered the gun from 80-year-old retiree Edward Banner, who found it while rummaging through the trash in search of recyclables.

Banner under testimony said he found the gun along with a speed loader and a box of ammo containing 23 rounds. He put the items in a lunch box and took them home with him before Greer retrieved them.

Greer said he then contacted Hunter Biden and asked him if he wanted to press charges regarding the stolen firearm, to which he declined.

Banner also identified a brown pouch that FBI investigators found tested positive for cocaine residue. When asked by prosecutors if anyone in his house used cocaine, Banner replied, "no."

After trial wrapped at 4:35 p.m. EDT Thursday, prosecutors said they expect to rest their case by mid-morning Friday after bringing two more witnesses: forensic chemist Dr. Jason Brewer and DEA Supervisory Special Agent Joshua Romig.

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The defense team said they would call two or three more witnesses and likely rest their case by the end of the day Monday. Lowell added he hasn't yet decided whether or not Hunter Biden will take the stand.

Hunter Biden faces up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines if convicted on all counts related to illegally purchasing and possessing a firearm.

President Joe Biden in an interview with ABC News anchor David Muir on Thursday said he would accept the outcome of his son's trial and would not pardon him if he were found guilty.

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For more on drug and alcohol addiction, head to the American Psychiatric Association.

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