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Altercation reported at justice center at jury deliberates

By Staff | May 7, 2009

With the jury deliberating in the double murder trial of Roderick Washington, it appears a fight broke out in a hallway of the Lee County Justice Center between a family member and someone who was not family of either the victims or the defendant, according to a witness. The witness said those involved in the fight were
younger individuals.
One of the alternate jurors who remained to watch the trial’s conclusion said she was knocked over by a male running down the hallway, who apparently was involved in the dispute.
Bailiffs and deputies flanked the fighters and the situation has been resolved. The hallway has been cleared.
The jury remains in deliberations regarding the fate of Washington, accused in the 2006 double-murder of Alexis and Jeffrey Sosa.
Washington is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, kidnaping and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He faces life in prison if convicted in the 2006 slayings.