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Murder suspect punches female attorney in the face in courtroom after failing to convince judge of his innocence

By Mason White 1:04 PM July 5, 2017
Randy Washington
Randy Washington
By: William Martin

A murder suspect who was not happy with his attorney, punched her in the face in front of the judge who is presiding over his trial, according to police in New Jersey.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said that the incident unfolded on Thursday, at the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse, during the trial of defendant Randy Washington, 35, who is facing murder charges for killing 64-year-old Silas Johnson Jr.

At approximate 3:50 p.m., after all arguments were completed and the jury was dismissed for deliberations, Washington suddenly and violently struck his attorney in the face with a closed fist.

Sheriff’s Officers Joseph DiLissio and Joel Adams immediately grabbed Washington, and pinned him to a courtroom table.

Additional officers then assisted to secure Washington and to remove the victim from the immediate area.

Responding to the incident and praising the swift action of his officers to stop the melee, Sheriff Kemler said: “It is our sworn duty to protect the courts and all those involved in the judicial process. We cannot and will not tolerate violence in our courthouses.”

The victim was taken by ambulance to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center, in Trenton, for treatment of multiple facial lacerations around her eye.

Washington was removed from the courthouse due to his combative behavior, charged with aggravated assault, and was returned to the Mercer County Correction Center.

The victim has been identified as Jessica Lyons. Washington was angry that Lyons failed to convince the judge to dismiss the case.

Washington argued that the witness could not have positively identified him as the suspect and gave inconsistent statements to the police.

The judge denied the motion to dismiss, angering Washington.