Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
Attorney attacked in court
Defense attorney reportedly slashed with razor in front of judge and jury
A criminal defense attorney was slashed across the face with a razor by his own client this morning, about 10:20 a.m., according to a statement by the San Diego County Superior Courts.
Attorney Bill Burgener was cut on the cheek by his client, Eduardo Macias, according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton.
Eduardo Macias is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, an Hispanic male who was booked into jail on February 28, 2011, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's website. Macias is currently held in San Diego's downtown Central jail on a "detainer hold" and is "not eligible for release." The Sheriff, who controls prisoners in San Diego County, lists the allegations against Macias as attempted murder and conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner.
Today's alleged assault occurred in San Diego's downtown courthouse, during a trial before the Honorable Judge Peter C. Deddeh, and a jury. There were also approximately 20 high school students in the room, who were observing the court on a school field trip, according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton.
The judge and jury were said to be hearing a three-defendant trial regarding an alleged prison assault. The other two defendants were named as Polina and Quinteros.
"Judge Deddeh has conferred with the attorneys involved and has recessed the trial for today," according to spokeswoman Karen Dalton. "All parties and the jurors will return tomorrow to Department 25 at 9:30AM to decide whether or not to continue the trial."
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