A suspect appeared in court on Monday accused of having murdered his wife. While the proceedings took place in the room the slain woman’s son tried to attack the suspect.
Court officials at the Muskegon County District Court had their hands full when Vashon Flowers, 46, appeared there for his preliminary examination. On May 19, Flowers allegedly shot his wife, Jamie Thomas-Flowers, to death at their home in Muskegon Heights.
The suspect was suddenly charged at by London Thomas, the murdered woman’s son. Courtroom footage showed Thomas leaping over a barrier and running towards Flowers.
The suspect was in the jury box at the time with his public defender and the only thing that stopped Thomas was the officials who acted quickly to apprehend him. In the video, they struggle to control the woman’s son.
They end up wrestling with several court officials before being pushed to the floor, handcuffed, and arrested. Thomas, officials, spectators, and Flowers was removed from the courtroom.
Police deputies and officers calmed the situation. June 17 was set as the rescheduled date for the preliminary examination after the court was adjourned.
Thomas appeared in court the following day where he was held in contempt and barred from future proceedings in his mother’s case.
According to prosecutors, on the morning of May 19 Flowers kicked in the door to his home and shot his wife. They claimed he shot her four times at close range.
On the same night, the suspect turned himself into the police. Flowers has previous felony convictions which include an assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated domestic violence, and malicious destruction of a building.
In a different case that occurred on Tuesday, a 33-year-old suspect tried to run away from custody according to Oakland County Sheriff's officials. At the time, Judge Nancy Carniak “had just sentenced him to serve 90 days in the county jail for disorderly conduct and retail fraud.”
Footage showed him trying to escape out of 52nd District Court/3rd Division in Rochester Hills. In a statement, investigators said: "Multiple deputies pursued the subject on foot and apprehended him inside a wooded area in front of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office - Rochester Hills Substation, which is attached to the courthouse.”
He was taken to the Oakland County Jail and Wednesday was the hearing date where he would be charged with escaping lawful custody and resisting and obstructing an officer.
The unnamed man’s jail time would probably go up for his attempt at escaping.
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