EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Witnesses say a man accused of stabbing two defense lawyers in their necks with pencils grabbed a pen and stabbed his latest lawyer in the side of the head as jurors listened to opening statements in the defendant’s trial on a felony drug charge.
The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/sjAeba ) that a police officer waiting to testify Tuesday grabbed 28-year-old Joshua Monson and wrestled him to the ground.
Monson was also shocked with an electronic stun device that he was wearing under court order.
The unidentified lawyer suffered a small wound.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz then ruled that Monson’s behavior constituted a waiver of his right to legal counsel. The judge said he’d instruct jurors to disregard what they saw Tuesday. He says the drug trial will proceed with Monson representing himself.
State doctors have concluded Monson is competent to stand trial. He also faces a second-degree murder charge, as well as two assault charges in the earlier lawyer stabbings.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com