Cent. Pa. death row inmate charged w/hitting atty.

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man on death row in the killing of his girlfriend nine years ago has been charged with assault by prisoner after swinging his cuffed hands at his attorney during a court hearing.

Blair County Deputy District Attorney Jackie Bernard tells the Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/10OgUi8 ) the charge against 45-year-old Andre Staton is warranted because attorney Tim Burns was seriously injured.

State police say Burns suffered a concussion after being struck in the face and knocked to the floor at the end of a May 13 hearing.

Staton is appealing his conviction on charges he fatally stabbed his girlfriend, Beverly Yohn, of Altoona, after she got a protective order against him in February 2004. Burns was Staton’s court-appointed attorney for the appeal.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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