Robby Brian Stevens, 43, was sentenced by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish after a jury had been chosen for his trial on Monday, and testimony was to open Tuesday.
On Monday, Stevens began calling Byrd and Judge Parish expletives, and tried to rip the defense table out of the floor, thus spilling water, Byrd told The Mirror Monday night. Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Taylor and former Texas Dept. of Public Safety Trooper Curtis Hollis subdued the defendant, who had to be tackled and was shackled, the district attorney said.
The disruption occurred outside the presence of the jury, Byrd said. The defendant admitted robbing the Family Dollar store at Diana and a person who was there at the time on Dec. 28, 2013.
Byrd had said he expected two days of testimony in the case, and that Stevens would be shackled during the trial
Gilmer attorney Brandon Winn represented the defendant.