Joshua Littlewolf has outburst in court, now restrained as Murder Trial Continues

By KBJR News 1

Joshua Littlewolf has outburst in court, now restrained as Murder Trial Continues

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Wednesday marks day seven of the Joshua Littlewolf murder trial.

At his own request, Littlewolf appeared before the jury today in handcuffs, shackles and his orange prison jumpsuit.

Following an outburst in court Tuesday, Prosecutor Nathan Stumme requested a motion for Littlewolf to be restrained, saying he posed a high security risk to the court and a concern that he could become physically aggressive.

Littlewolf made the decision himself to be restrained and in the orange jail attire.

Prosecutor Stumme says that in a trial like this, the restraints are a big deal because everyone is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial.

Stumme said that the courts take great measures for a jury to not know that a defendant is in custody and the restrains could be prejudicial to Littlewolf and imply to the jury that he is guilty.

Stumme says since Littlewolf made the decision himself, it would lessen the possibility of a mistrial in this case.

This all stems from the events on day 6 of the trial. According to Stumme, in court on Tuesday Littlewolf was frustrated and used profanity when addressing Judge Shaun Floerke in front of the jury saying "That's bull----, your honor."

Floerke dismissed the jury for about a half hour before deciding to send them home early and adjourn the trial for that day.

Littlewolf asked Judge Floerke to also not allow media in the courtroom. The jury has been advised to not read, watch or listen to any media accounts of the trial.

Judge Floerke praised Littlewolf's behavior in the court room thus far, but told him Tuesday that he had to control his behavior.

Floerke has a prior obligation Thursday, so the trial will pick up again Friday morning.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up their case Friday and Littlewolf will begin calling his witnesses.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati