Suspect in Court Melee Extradited to Detroit

Court melee
Rickey Smith had to be subdued in a hallway outside a Trumbull County Courtroom on Thursday.

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The man at the center of a courthouse melee Thursday in Trumbull County was back in the courtroom on Friday.

Ricky Smith was still complaining as he entered the courtroom Friday morning flanked by several deputies.  Smith was back in a cleared out courtroom, where he waived his right to an extradition hearing.

Smith now will be sent back to Detroit, where he faces gun charges. Smith was awaiting his extradition hearing in Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice’s courtroom on Thursday when he caused several outbursts in court. Prosecutors and the judge removed Smith from the courtroom for his erratic behavior, which continued in the hallway.

Smith wrestled with deputies until they finally pepper sprayed him into submission and on the ground.

Out in the hallway, as deputies doused him with pepper spray, Smith’s 13-year-old brother jumped into the mix and hit one of the deputies in the face. They arrested the brother and took him to the Juvenile Justice Center.

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