- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A judge has sequestered the jury after a brawl broke out in the Douglas County Courthouse as trial began in the case of a January 2015 double homicide at a northwest Omaha party.

Courthouse security officials say more than 30 people were involved in the fight Wednesday morning, and four were arrested. There were no significant injuries in the brawl.

The fight involved family and friends of the defendant, Charles Trotter, and of the shooting victims, 26-year-olds Dexter Joseph and Marcel Lovejoy. Trotter is accused of fatally shooting Joseph and Lovejoy on Jan. 3, 2015.

The judge said he hopes isolating the jury will prevent the incident from affecting the jurors’ ability to hear the case fairly.

Security has been increased on the floor.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide