SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A defendant allegedly attacked his attorney during a criminal trial in San Diego Superior Court Thursday, slashing him on the cheek with a razor he apparently had smuggled into the courtroom, authorities said.
The attack happened at 10:22 a.m. while a prosecution rebuttal witness was on the stand in the trial of three men accused in a prison assault.
As the witness testified in front of the jury, one of the defendants, 32-year-old Eduardo Macias, allegedly slashed defense attorney William Burgener across the lower cheek.
Medics took Burgener out of the courthouse on a gurney, his face wrapped in a bandage.
Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh said Burgener needed stitches to close the wound.
A group of about 20 students from Grossmont High School in El Cajon were in the courtroom as part of a class assignment at the time of the attack, according to Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Dalton.
Deddeh told the jury to return Friday morning, saying he needed to meet with attorneys in the case and decide whether to declare a mistrial or proceed with closing arguments.