UNION — A Franklin County murder trial is on hold after the accused killer caused a disturbance that interrupted the proceedings.
The incident happened Thursday at the trial of 46-year-old Bryan Maguire of Labadie. He is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2005 stabbing death of his wife, 44-year-old Kimberly Maguire.
Prosecutors were offering evidence in court Thursday when Maguire began what was described as a substantial disturbance aimed at the prosecution. Bailiffs had to physically restrain Maguire and take him out of the courtroom.
Judge Gael Wood ordered a mental evaluation to determine if Maguire is fit to continue with the trial. If not, Wood says he'll call for a mistrial.