Moments before the murder trial of Zyderrious Platt was scheduled to begin in Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters’ courtroom this morning, a man jumped over the rail and attempted to attack Platt.
The man, identified by authorities as Jeryl Carter, 30, yelled as he rushed the 33-year-old Platt, who quickly stood and backed away from Carter as deputies moved in.
Platt grabbed a wooden chair in what appears to be an attempt to fend off Carter, who grabbed the chair and threw it at Platt. The chair fell to the floor.
No one was injured in the incident, and Carter will not be charged, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Maj. Randy Robertson said.
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“I’ll kill him; I’ll kill him,” Carter yelled as he was being subdued by deputies. “My sister didn’t deserve that s---. I am going to kill him. Please let me kill him.”
Platt was removed from the courtroom by a deputy as other deputies held Carter to the floor and tried talking to him.
“My sister was wonderful,” Carter yelled through sobs. “She didn’t deserve this s---. I promise you I’ll kill him.”
Deputies cleared the courtroom about five minutes after the incident began.
The decision to not charge Carter was made after authorities spoke with the judge, Robertson said.
“Once the situation calms down, you kind of look at it, the actual threat,” he added. “It appears to be a purely emotional, non-premeditated act.”A court reporter for Superior Court provided the Ledger-Enquirer with a video of the incident.
Robertson said Carter is currently in a room in the Government Center until he calms down. He is not handcuffed and no one is in the room with him, though he is being monitored.
Peters was on the bench at the time of the attack. The judge left the courtroom then returned. Peters then walked to the railing and picked up a shoe and umbrella near where the man started the attack.
The jury was not seated and court officials were waiting for the jurors at the time of the attack. The start of the trial was delayed, though the attorneys gave their opening statements around 10:45 a.m. and the first witnesses have testified.
Platt was accused of killing his pregnant wife, Jilani Platt, 26, in October 2009. He faces charges of murder, feticide, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.