Convicted Man Attacks Prosecutors
Apr. 28, 2002
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GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) _ A man had to be incapacitated with stun guns and dragged out of a courtroom after attacking prosecutors while his guilty verdict was read.
Abraham Hagos, 26, was convicted Friday of arranging the murder of a key witness against him in a drug case. Prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty.
As the judge read the verdict, Hagos' mother began wailing, ``Why? Why?'' and bolted from the courtroom. Hagos then leaped over the defense table and attacked the prosecutors, punching Deputy District Attorney Joe Morales in the eye.
Deputies tackled Hagos and shot him repeatedly with Taser guns as shocked jurors looked on. Hagos was handcuffed, put in leg irons, carried from the courtroom by four deputies and taken to a hospital.
Morales left the courtroom saying he was OK.