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Defendant headbutts lawyer in court

YAKIMA, Wash. — (AP) A murder trial in Yakima was interrupted this morning when the defendant head-butted his lawyer.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports medics were called for attorney Adolfo Banda who was bleeding heavily from a cut above his left eye. He later told Judge Michael Schwab he would have to leave for stitches.

Just before the attack Banda told the judge his defendant, Eriberto Gonzalez, disagreed with his strategy to call defense witnesses.

Gonzalez is charged with first-degree murder in the March 2007 shooting death of a man he believed had an affair with his girlfriend.

Gonzalez was restrained by court security officers after hitting his lawyer.

Read the Yakima Herald-Republic story here.


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