An alleged murder was attacked by a witness he is also accused of stabbing in a shocking courtroom brawl caught on camera.
Eric McCullough is facing a criminal homicide charge for stabbing his niece Tyecha McCullough, 23, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 29.
She was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.
McCullough is also facing an aggravated assault charge for stabbing Tyecha’s boyfriend Antwon Lee, 25, in the same incident.
The 46-year-old was in court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
But as Lee – who was in custody on an unrelated charge of violating the sex offender registry – crossed the courtroom to testify, he lunged at McCullough.
Despite being in handcuffs, Lee can be seen hitting McCullough’s head repeatedly near to the shocked judge, Gary Starnes.
Police officers quickly separated the two men and one pointed a stun gun to keep a man, who got up and began to rush towards to the scene, at bay – before he is escorted out.
Officers repeatedly shout at men approaching McCullough and Lee: ‘Back up, sir.’
One officer is seen guarding McCullough while two others pin Lee to the floor.
McCullough, who appeared to have no serious injuries, was led away from the courtroom shortly before officers took Lee away as well.
As a result of the fight, Judge Starnes said there is ‘obviously a history’.
He ruled that the case will next be heard on September 1 – and could possibly be in a closed courtroom, according to News Channel 9.
The fight – caught on camera by reporters from WRCB Chattanooga – led to Hamilton Country jail being locked down for a brief period.
Source: Daily Mail