Ohio man faces charge for punching lawyer in court

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man whose lawyer helped him get acquitted on an attempted murder count now faces charges that he punched the attorney in the courtroom.

A jury in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court convicted Dionte Lummus of felonious assault, robbery and other charges. He faces 34 years for those convictions, while he was found not guilty on the most serious count.

But he is charged with escape and assaulting an officer of the court.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Lummus hit attorney William Oswall in the face Monday after he unsuccessfully tried to fire him in mid-trial. A deputy tackled him when he tried to run.

Oswall continued to argue his case, explaining that if the defendant was your brother or sister, you’d want him to continue to fight as hard as possible.

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