Judge declares mistrial after defendant hits lawyer
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial for a Massachusetts murder suspect who punched his lawyer in the face in open court.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1CGqBDf ) reports that the jury was not present when 35-year-old Janleer Povez hit his appointed lawyer, Elliot Levine, at a hearing on Monday.
Povez said he didn’t want Levine as his lawyer.
Povez is facing a second-degree murder charge for allegedly stabbing a Westborough man during a drug deal in 2008.
Povez was removed from the courtroom following the outburst and Levine moved for a mistrial. Levine suffered a fat lip.
The prosecutor objected, saying Povez deliberately tried to cause a mistrial. The district attorney says Povez could face additional charges.
A new lawyer will be appointed for Povez, whose case will continue in August.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com