VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - Tulare County authorities say a murder suspect stabbed his attorney in the face in the county's second courtroom attack in one week.
The Fresno Bee reports that 29-year-old Rafael Mendoza attacked his attorney with a makeshift weapon as the jury entered the courtroom Monday during his trial in Tulare County Superior Court.
Sheriff's officials say Mendoza now faces charges of attempted murder for stabbing public defender John Shepard.
Mendoza was standing trial for killing 25-year-old Julian Bravo, whose body was found in a Tulare home in May 2010.
After the attack, officers detained Mendoza and provided first aid to the attorney. The judge declared a mistrial.
Last Wednesday, a former officer on trial for child molestation attacked a detective as guilty verdicts were being read against him.
The Associated Press