MADISON, Va. — A Newport News man facing capital murder charges in the death of three people in rural Madison County attacked his attorney in court.
About 15 minutes into a hearing to establish Rashad Riddick’s mental competency to stand trial on Wednesday, he began violently and repeatedly punching his attorney, Joseph Flood, in the face. Riddick’s attorneys had asked that his hands and feet be unrestrained for the hearing.
The Culpeper Star-Exponent reports that court security immediately tackled Riddick and all of them toppled over a table, breaking two legs as they fell to the brick floor of the tiny courtroom. As they wrestled, Flood screamed at security not to hurt Riddick.
No one was seriously injured, though bruises were evident on Flood’s face following a brief recess.