A man representing himself in an aggravated robbery case in Criminal Court continued to spar with the judge on Friday and called one of his rulings "crazy."
There has been heavy security for the trial of Gary Dewayne Thompson, who earlier filed a lawsuit claiming that the group that runs the workhouse had used him as a "gladiator" and had him fight other inmates.
There were seven officers in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman at one point on Friday.
After one objection was overruled, Thompson said in a low voice, "That's crazy." The judge asked what he had said and Thompson declined to repeat it. Prosecutor Boyd Patterson told the judge, "For the record he said 'that's crazy.'"
Numerous attorneys have been named to represent Thompson and Judge Steelman has the last one, John McDougall, seated with him.
At one point while the jury was out, attorney McDougall was asked about a Thompson comment and he said, "He's lying."
A short time later, Thompson said he had asked for the public defender, but "this (pointing to attorney McDougall) is the resources I'm given."
Prosecutor Patterson said Thompson had repeatedly referred to Detective James Hostetter, who had arrested Thompson in the past and who was sued by Thompson.
The jury was shown a work sheet that showed Detective Hostetter was off at the time of June 22, 2008, holdup of the Mapco convenience store on Lee Highway. Prosecutor Patterson said Detective Hostetter "was not part of a conspiracy to frame" Thompson.
After Thompson said clerk Brad Tucker could not have been able to see the tag on the vehicle driven by the robber, the prosecution played a 911 tape. The clerk is heard saying he got the tag number and reading it off to the disptacher.
The prosecution also produced a pair of tennis shoes taken from Thompson at the jail after prosecutor Patterson said Thompson was "clomping around in shoes worn by the robber and saying they were too big." He said both shoes are Nikes and are the exact same size.
Detective Jeff Bryden said the tag number was traced to a vehicle owned by Kathy Johnson. Ms. Johnson and her vehicle were found at an apartment complex in Red Bank. She said she had loaned the car to "Thump" - the nickname for Thompson. She led officers to Thompson's girlfriend's unit that was also in Red Bank.
The detective said Thompson was inside in his boxer shorts. He said Thompson denied being involved in a holdup and said he had loaned the car to a man named "Quinn" who lived on Shepherd Road. He said they went to Shepherd Road and knocked on all the doors at a row of duplexes, but no one knew Quinn.
He said they then drove with Thompson back to the Mapco and he again viewed the video. He said they drove down Vance Road and the officer driving the car where Thompson was in custody stopped after spotting some clothes along the road. He said they proceeded to find clothes that matched that worn by the robber along the road. It included a white hat with yellow on it, white T-shirts, flannel pants and some red Nike shoes.
The prosecution said DNA matching that of Thompson was found on the clothes.
Detective Bryden said when he went to get a DNA sample from Thompson he cursed and said, "I don't do DNA." He said he also spit on the sheet in which the taking of the DNA was authorized.
He said he and other officers were prepared to take the DNA by force, then he calmed down some and a female officer put a swab and stick in his mouth. He said Thompson bit the stick in two.