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9 charged after murder arraignment erupts into courthouse melee and chase

Posted May 21, 2014 1:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A seemingly innocuous remark at a murder case arraignment Tuesday afternoon erupted into a war of words between two families, brawling, a court panic alarm and a foot chase as individuals involved ran from a Providence, Rhode Island, courthouse with city and state police and sheriff's officers in hot pursuit.

Nine individuals have now been charged with disorderly conduct, including Sarina Northrup, 21, whose comment, "too bad about your grandson," to Regina Taylor, 62, sparked the courthouse incident, according to a police report. Taylor was then shoved by a man after furious words were exchanged by the two women, the Providence Journal (sub. req.) reports.

Defendant Joseph Taylor, 18, is charged with shooting to death Davon Taylor (no relation), who was 20 years old, and wounding the victim's 15-year-old sister.

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