Tensions reached boiling point inside a Kentucky courtroom on Monday, Jan. 29, when the mother of two brutally slain teens confronted her sons’ alleged killer.
“I just flipped out. I couldn’t take it no more,” Elizabeth Marie Wren told WLKY.
Wren had to be physically restrained and forcibly removed from the court room after lunging at Brice Rhodes, accused of fatally stabbing her two sons, Maurice ‘Reece’ Gordon, 16, and Larry Ordway, 14, before setting their corpses on fire.
According to the station, Wren lost her composure after Rhodes turned towards her and laughed.
“Lock me up. Lock me up. Why don’t you let me get to him? He’s sick!” Wren screamed as a deputy dragged her out of the courtroom.
This is not the first time the courtroom has been the scene of outbursts during the trial. According to the Courier-Journal, during an earlier hearing deputies placed Rhodes in a restraint chair and a spit mask during a hearing for his aggressive behavior, including repeatedly threatening to track down District Court Judge Amber Wolf and her family.
Three other men face charges in the 2016 slaying of the teen brothers.
Weeks earlier, Jacorey Taylor, 19, pleaded guilty to facilitation murder and tampering with evidence in exchange for 10 years behind bars or 20 years’ probation.
“It’s not fair, losing two children at the same time. And I don’t feel like nobody understands unless they see their sons the way my sons were murdered,” Wren told the Courier-Journal at the time of the trial.
Two other men have also accepted plea deals in connection with Gordon and Ordway’s murders.
According to the report by the Courier-Journal, investigators heard that on the day of the slaying, the two victims were hanging out with Rhodes in his apartment, along with several other teenagers.
An argument allegedly ensued between one of the victims and another teen, ending with Gordon and Orway both bound and gagged, with ski masks over their heads.
According to the report, Rhodes forced a crying Gordon to his knees to beg for forgiveness, before stabbing him repeatedly.
The same fate befell Ordway, but this time Rhodes allegedly forced the other teens to take part in the stabbing.
The bodies of the two murdered teens were later set on fire and dumped near an abandoned home.
Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty for Rhodes, who has pleaded not guilty.
“We’re just fighting to get justice, for him to get the death penalty, or for life without parole,” Wren told WLKY.
“Ain’t nobody going to sit in court and hold their composure and have [someone] turn around and laugh about killing your kids,” she added.
The brothers’ bodies were discovered about three weeks after their murders.
A medical examiner found Gordon had been stabbed more than a dozen times and Ordway more than 20 times.