Father of murdered child removed from court for shouting at defendant

Father of murdered child removed from court for shouting at defendant

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 8:44 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was an emotional Tuesday afternoon at the trial of Ellis Royster.  He’s accused of shooting 2-year-old Amias Bernard Robinson with a stray bullet in July of 2010.

His mother was the first witness called by the prosecution Tuesday.  Arminsher Glen sent Amias to his cousins who were babysitting him in the Hampshire Hills community in north Charlotte.

“She said, 'You need to come to the hospital,' and I said, 'Why,' and she said, 'Just come,'” said Glen, describing her sister’s call about the shooting.

“The girls took Amias to the candy lady and he got shot,” she said.

Prosecutors said that Royster was shooting at another man over a $10 marijuana deal and hit the 2-year-old.

His father listened to an officer describe the injuries and then lost it -- charging at Ellis, cursing and threatening to hurt him.

Deputies and the homicide investigator who worked the case restrained him and pulled him out of the courtroom.  Eventually he was escorted off Mecklenburg County Courthouse property.

The judge said he will allow him to return to the courtroom Wednesday but warned  that the next time he will send him to jail if there is an outburst.

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