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Hunter & Joe Biden – AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

WILMINGTON, Delaware, June 6 (Reuters) – Hunter Biden’s sister-in-law testified at his criminal trial on Thursday that she took his gun and threw it away out of fear of his spiraling addiction, potentially strengthening prosecutors’ case that President Joe’s son Biden violated a law banning illegal drug users from owning firearms.

Jurors in the first criminal trial of a US president’s son saw surveillance camera footage of Hallie Biden throwing Hunter Biden’s gun into a supermarket trash can, as well as texts in which she said she feared for his life.

“Check yourself into a local rehab hunter, this all needs to stop,” Hallie Biden wrote in an October 2018 text message shortly after Hunter Biden purchased the gun.

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to three charges, accusing him of failing to disclose his use of illegal drugs when he purchased the Colt Cobra revolver and of illegally possessing the gun for 11 days until Hallie Biden seized it seized.

The jury this week heard testimony from witnesses, including his ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend, about 54-year-old Hunter Biden’s prolific drug use in the past, which he has publicly acknowledged.

Much of the previous testimony and evidence covered periods before and after Biden had the gun, and the defense has tried to show that the president’s son had been undergoing drug treatment and could have considered himself sober when he got it in October 2018 bought.

Defense attorney Abbe Lowell told the jury during opening arguments Tuesday that Hunter Biden did not intend to deceive.

Hallie Biden, the widow of Beau Biden, who died of cancer in 2015, was the first witness to provide details about Hunter Biden’s behavior while in possession of the gun.

She testified that she often emptied Hunter Biden’s truck, looking for drugs, in an effort to help him get his life in order.

She told the jury that she found drug paraphernalia and the gun during one of those searches, and feared Hunter Biden or her children would see the gun and hurt themselves.

“I panicked and wanted to get rid of it,” said Hallie Biden, who said she was romantically involved with Hunter Biden starting in late 2015 or early 2016.

She said Hunter Biden introduced her to crack and she became addicted until she got clean in August 2018. “It was a horrible experience that I went through and I am ashamed and embarrassed,” she told the jury.

During cross-examination, Lowell tried to show jurors that the things Hunter Biden said to Hallie Biden about his drug use could not be taken at face value because he sometimes lied to her. Hunter Biden told the judge in the case during a 2023 hearing that he had been sober since 2019.