A man on trial in an alleged prison assault slashed his attorney with a razor Wednesday.
The attack took place at 10:20 p.m. in Dept. 25 in San Diego Superior Court downtown while a prosecution rebuttal witness was on the stand.
Eduardo Macias, one of three defendants on trial in an alleged prison assault, allegedly slashed his defense attorney, Bill Burgener across the cheek according to the court spokesperson.
The attack took place in front of the jury as well as members of the public including visiting students from Grossmont High School who were at court to observe the legal process from the gallery.
Judge Peter C. Deddeh has recessed the trial until Friday when all parties will return to decide whether the trial will continue.
No update was given on Burgener's condition. He is a practicing criminal defense attorney with 30 years of experience in San Diego.
The sheriff's department said it requires all inmates to be searched and passed through a metal detector before leaving the facility for court. Deputies also check inmates when they arrive at court.
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