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Armed robber smears his body with feces in an attempt to avoid trial

By Mason White 3:41 PM January 7, 2016
Bathroom (illustration) 

By: Feng Qian
A man came up with different ways to disrupt court session in order to avoid going to trial.

The man of Ohio, smeared himself with his own feces and refused to get out of the Franklin County courthouse bathroom when he was about to be taken in front of a judge.

On Monday, 33-year-old Wendell Watkins Jr. was about to stand trial for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary charges when he smeared himself with feces.

However, Common Pleas Judge Michael J. Holbrook ruled that the trial will continue without Watkins Jr. in the courtroom.

Watkins was one of three men accused of robbing a man of his casino winnings. Watkins has managed to delay the trial several times with unruly behavior in prison, including striping himself naked.

The judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation. The psychologist who examined Watkins, wrote that “he has no genuine mental illness” and was faking the symptoms, Holbrook said.

The judge and the lawyers told jurors that defendants are allowed to waive their right to appear at the trial and that the decision should not be used against him.

Watkins and his accomplices, Ryan C. Bundy and Ronald L. Jones, were arrested in the home-invasion robbery. They allegedly robbed David Hayes, who won $35,800 in cash playing blackjack at Hollywood Casino Columbus.

Investigators said that the three men followed Hayes to his house and robbed him at gunpoint in his bedroom.

Bundy and Jones pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary with a gun. They were sentenced to 10 years in prison.