Courthouse Security During Death Sentencing

Courtroom security was tight but no incidents reported at the Roy Ellis sentencing.

Sheriff’s courthouse security chief Lt. Wayne Hudson says, “More deputies than we normally have, some you can see some in reserve in case of a disturbance.”

A deputy checked under courtroom seats while the public attending the sentencing had to pass through a metal detector. All purses and coats were searched. No weapons were found.

The victim’s mother Melissa Harris did seem frustrated when told she couldn’t wear a pin honoring her daughter Amber into the courtroom. She threw the pin down and entered the courtroom shaking her head.

Lt. Hudson says, “I know she wasn’t happy with that but there’s a picture of the victim. Though we are sympathetic of that we can’t allow pictures of the victims in the courtroom. Also the pin on the back could be used as a jabbing instrument.”

Hudson says security for such an emotional court proceeding went according the plan.

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