Defendant could be zapped during Seattle testimony
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man charged in a brutal rape and stabbing attack on a lesbian couple in Seattle two summers ago is expected to testify Wednesday wearing an electroshock device.
Isaiah Kalebu has been so disruptive he has been barred from attending his own trial, which has been going on for three weeks. A guard is prepared to activate the stun device if Kalebu has a violent outburst when he testifies in his own defense.
The 25-year-old is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, rape and burglary in the July 2009 attack. Teresa Butz was killed.
If Kalebu is convicted as charged, he faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.