Mistrial declared after lawyer stabbed
(New York -WABC, January 23, 2006) (WABC) -- In Brooklyn judge declared a mistrial today in the rape and murder case of two men, one of whom is now charged with stabbing his own attorney.
Eyewitness News reporter Joe Torres is live in Downtown Brooklyn with the latest.
The proceedings got underway late this morning and then at about 11:30 the judge pulled all the lawyers into his chambers, where they remained past noon.
The judge declared a mistrial in this case, a rape a murder case against Troy Hendrix, 22, and Kayson Pearson, 23. Why? Because in court last week, before stunned prosecutors, the judge and even some members of the media, Mr. Pearson stabbed his own lawyer with a sharpened piece of plastic.
Moments later the co-defendant, Mr. Hendrix, attacked one of the court officers, tried to grab his pistol. He was unsuccessful and some other court officers were able to subdue both men. The lawyer was stabbed along the jaw line but will be okay.
Both men face life behind bars for the 2003 murder of 21-year-old Ramona Moore, a student at Hunter College. Her body was found in Remsen Village. Both men also face kidnapping and rape charges of a 15-year-old girl, which prosecutors say happened just after the Moore killing.
According to protocol, both men are supposed to be strip-searched at Rikers Island, then they go through a metal detector when they arrive at the court house.
At 2:00 this afternoon the president of the State Court Officer's Association and the president of the other union, the State Supreme Court Officer's Association, will announced that effective immediately all the court officers will institute a pat-down, frisk and hand scanner search of every prisoner that's transferred to them from the New York Department of Corrections.
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