Courtroom security has again been brought to a forefront after a defendant pulled out a tranquilizer dart as he stood at the podium near the attorney who was prosecuting him on nuisance dog charges.
“How’d he get this in here?” asked General Sessions Judge Larry Ross after defendant Scott Muncey pulled the large dart from his pocket, the dart confiscated instantly.
Muncey was in court for allegedly violating a county ordinance concerning a nuisance dog. Specifically, Animal Control director David Hennessee said in his complaint that Muncey’s boxer had been “terrorizing the neighborhood” and had killed a miniature horse and a dog, and had chased some chickens.
Muncey was facing only a fine since it was a case being prosecuted by Rick Stacey, who has been retained to handle the county’s ordinances. It was Stacey who was standing near Muncey when he pulled out the dart, likely to show the judge what his dog had been shot with. However, the sudden production of the object caught the judge’s ire.
“You do that again and you’ll go to jail immediately,” Ross warned Muncey, who began to protest making the judge even more irritated. “You need to look around yourself and see that you’re in a courtroom.”
Judge Ross gave Muncey a July 5 hearing date for his case and said he could have the dart back once he left the courtroom.
The incident comes after an attorney tried to pull out a toy gun during General Sessions court April 12, prompting the judge to call for closer security when it came to those entering the courtroom.
In that case, the attorney said he wanted to make a point about how a toy gun could be mistaken for a real gun. In the case of the dart incident, the dart was reportedly one used to shoot tranquilizers into potentially dangerous animals.