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