LAPD Detective Injured When Murder Defendant Throws Chair in Court

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A defense lawyer described how his client threw a chair at a prosecutor and LAPD detective in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday, leaving the officer dazed and injured.

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The downtown criminal courts building. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Bob Horner said he was looking away when his client, who is on trial for murder, grabbed a heavy metal chair and flung it across the courtroom.

He said the crash of the chair’s landing was so loud that he initially thought someone in the audience might have shot at his client.

“I heard this enormous bang,” said Horner, who is a partner in a Beverly Hills-based law firm. “I tell you, the bang wasn’t even done and I had dropped to the floor and rolled up under the table.”

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