by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Deputies arrested the brother of a murdered corrections officer after the said he attacked a co-defendant in the case in a Charlotte courtroom Tuesday afternoon.
The fight broke out in courtroom 1150 where a suspect in the murder of Bias Easley in June was scheduled to make his first court appearance.
Raphael White turned himself in over the weekend and was not in the courtroom when deputies said Easley’s brother saw White’s co-defendant in the case, Trevor White, in the courtroom.
“So when he saw the guy sitting in the back he went in and assaulted him. Mr. White did retaliate and Mr. Easley had to be restrained,” said Capt. Charles Yongue.
Yongue said deputies had sensed the tension moments before the confrontation and called for backup.
Once Easley was in custody, deputies took Trevor White into a separate conference room and cleared the courtroom.
Deputies escorted Trevor White and Easley’s family out of the courthouse separately.
When Raphael White did make an appearance, his attorney spoke on his behalf.
Attorney James Exum later said the families need to let the legal system work.
“These are always emotional cases and people will have to understand we have to resolve this in court, not by fighting--it's not going to help anybody,” he said.
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