- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The capital murder trial for the death of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine of Oakland was delayed after the defendant refused to show up in court.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/238EJqM ) that Judge Jeffrey Horner says 25-year-old Darnell Williams threatened to fight sheriff’s deputies if they tried to force him to attend the Monday trial.

Horner says Williams had been put on suicide watch and was refusing to go to court because he hadn’t been allowed to shower or brush his teeth and didn’t have any underwear.

After prosecutors said Williams was trying to manipulate the presentation of evidence to jurors, Horner provided clothes for the defendant to wear. The trial resumed that afternoon.

Williams’ attorneys then went after the credibility of his ex-girlfriend, who testified last week that Williams confessed the shooting to her.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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