Madison County Triple Murder Suspect Attacks Defense Attorney
The case against Rashad Riddick is stuck at another blockade, after he acted out multiple times in Madison County Circuit Court Wednesday.
The 25-year-old accused of murdering three of his Madison County family members in 2011 attacked his own attorney during a competency hearing, as his family watched in tears.
Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver said, "This is something that you rarely see in rural America, in our rural court system."
The original purpose of Wednesday's hearing was to determine if Riddick is competent to stand trial for the February 2011 murders of his uncle James Clarke Jackson, Jackson's wife Karen, and her daughter Chante Davis.
Riddick recently spent 30 days under psychiatric evaluation at Central State Hospital, and evaluators ultimately recommended he could stand trial.
However, before the court could render its decision Wednesday, Riddick started yelling expletives at the judge and the court and then became violent.
Weaver stated, "He started to stand up. [I was] thinking he was going to make another statement. He actually drew back with his right hand and struck his attorney, Mr. Flood, several times."
Sheriff's deputies tackled Riddick to the floor, and broke a wooden table during the scuffle. Paramedics were called to assist, but no one was seriously injured.
Weaver stated, "No personnel were injured, he was not injured. I went back, asked him twice - verbally he responded he was OK."
The courtroom was evacuated for about 15 minutes following the outburst. Everyone was visibly upset inside the courtroom when the violence erupted, including family members. They did not want to speak to us on camera, but they did say they think Rashad Riddick knows exactly what he is doing.
Riddick has long insisted on representing himself in court but Judge Daniel Bouton will not even consider that until after he is ruled competent.
He will appear back in court on September 19 for what the court hopes will be his final competency hearing.
According to law enforcement, during that hearing they will use heavy restraints, including what the sheriff calls a "react belt", which is a shocking device, not unlike a Taser, that will subdue Riddick if he acts out again.
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