Man's Prosthetic Eye Falls Out During Trial, Judge Declares Mistrial
PHILADELPHIA (AP)- During an assault trial in Philadelphia, a man's prosthetic eye fell from it's socket, resulting in gasps from the jury, and a mistrial.
The Philadelphia Inquire reports that John Huttick was on the witness stand, testifying about losing his left eye in a brutal fight in 2011. he bagan to cry, and the force of the tears reportedly caused the prosthetic, also know as a glass eye, to fall out. (Huttick, luckily, caught the eye.) Several jury members rose as if they needed to leave. A short time later, the judge declared a mistrial.
CNN reports that Philadelphia Assistant attorney Mark Gilson said, "I've been a prosecutor for 26 years and I've never seen anything like that ever happen before. It was unsual; it was shocking."
Defense attorney Eileen J. Hurley said, "He was crying, and when it came out, he caught [it] in his hand and just held it there. It was a shocking event to witness."
As for the reason for the trial, Huttick was working as a bar bouncer in 2011 when he was told about a fight in a nearby parking lot. Hattick went to intervene but was allegedly struck by a man named Mathew Brunelli. Brunelli has claimed self-defense and said he only used hs fist against the much larger Huttick. gilson claims Brunelli stabbed his client witha key, which resulted in the lost eye.
Judge Robert P. Coleman felt the incident would have created additional sympathy for Huttick among the jury members.