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Seattle Courthouse Gang Brawl Complexifies Murder Trial

Posted May 19, 2009 7:16 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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As a trial began yesterday over an alleged gang slaying, Seattle police knew that a suspect being sought on a warrant was likely to be in the courtroom. So they arrested the unidentified man in a third-floor hallway of the King County Courthouse.

Fists were soon flying, however, after rival gang members began heckling the arrestee, recounts the Seattle Times. "Reports on the number of people arrested after the brawl have ranged from one to three," the newspaper writes.

Attorneys continued to forge ahead with pretrial motions in the first-degree murder case against Omar Ali Norman, the alleged founder of Seattle's Low Profile street gang. However, three additional security officers have been assigned to Superior Court Judge Regina Cahan's courtroom because of the fight.

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