A man accused of fatally stabbing a student to death in Enfield, Connecticut, appeared to collapse in court and court officials were forced to throw out disrupters.
Shyhiem Adams, 18, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Justin Brady, a 16-year-old Enfield High School student, the Hartford Courant reported.
Some 40 people attended the court hearing where Adams collapsed, appeared to cry, and trembled. Judge Sheila Prats was forced to throw out disruptive onlookers after outbursts, the report said.
The tension escalated into a fight outside the courtroom, the Courant reported. Ten people were thrown out of the room while they shouted obscenities. When Adams collapsed, he said, “I’m a good soul, Jesus please.”
In the stabbing incident, police said they responded to an area in Enfield after getting a call on Sept. 10, from someone who saw a group of kids standing near a person on the ground. Officers then discovered Brady, who was stabbed, NBC Connecticut reported.
“He bled to death in front of me and I just can’t believe it that nobody did anything except me for calling 911,” a witness said.
Brady and Adams met in the area to fight. Adams stabbed Brady several times, it was reported.
Officials said Adams and Brady “were acquainted” with one another, the NBC report stated.
Police spokesman James Laurino told the Courant in another report that Adams was arrested on Sept. 11.
“Really just unacceptable. Say he didn’t do anything that people would just walk up and stab the poor kid,” said James Christensen, a classmate of Brady in high school, Fox61 reported.