Created on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the murder trial of a defendant who was injured during a Cincinnati courtroom brawl.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Carl Stich on Tuesday granted the defense motion after finding that defendant Byron Frazier was suffering from a concussion, short-term memory loss and headaches. His attorneys said he was unable to assist in his defense.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/GPL3uP ) reports that Frazier was hurt Oct. 8 during a courtroom melee that resulted in two people being arrested for assault. A third person escaped after stomping a sheriff's deputy.
Frazier is accused of fatally shooting a woman, Kylia Shields, last Christmas.
Stich has ordered a mental evaluation of Frazier. Court records show a competency hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 25.