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Spitting murder suspect appears in court with face mask

A Fort Wayne murder suspect who was thrown out of court after spitting on his attorney returned to court Friday donning a mask covering his mouth. 

ABC21 previously reported that 21-year old Victor M. Rivera III is accused of killing 25-year-old Jacob Walerko on Thanksgiving night in 2017 at the Meijer gas station on Lima Road. Reports say Rivera shot Walerko with a sawed-off shotgun before stealing a pack of cigarettes and running off. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Rivera reportedly spit on his attorney and was thrown out of court. 

But it wasn’t his first time being booted from the courtroom. Last month, he was kicked out of the courtroom when he got into an argument with the judge.

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Now, the attorney he spit on earlier this week, William Lebrato, has requested that he be removed from Rivera’s case. He is now being represented by Al Anzini. 

The prosecutor chose not to file misdemeanor battery charges against Rivera in the spitting scenario. He will instead be held in contempt of court, meaning he will be held in jail for 6 months and does not count towards his future sentencing.  

He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 14. 

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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