Crime & Courts

Prosecutors: Topeka man punches his defense attorney

Prosecutors say a man has punched his defense attorney during his rape trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that attorney David McDonald was taken by ambulance to a hospital during the fourth day of Lance Franklin’s trial in Shawnee County District Court.

Assistant district attorney Mike Kagay said he heard a smacking sound after McDonald finished questioning the rape victim.

Senior assistant district attorney Dustin Curry said he had stood to question the witness and turned around to find McDonald on the floor. Curry said a corrections officer grabbed Franklin.

Prosecutor’s office spokesman Lee McGowan told The Associated Press no charges have been filed over the courtroom incident. The senior partner for McDonald’s firm, Tenopir & Huerter, said through a staff member that he didn’t want to comment.