Court taking extreme precaution to safeguard Michael West
Michael West, a convicted killer who allegedly gouged out one of his cellmate's eyes while in custody, headed back to court Monday to stand trial for another series of violent crimes.
Defendants who stand trial are usually allowed to take notes so that they can help with their defense, but no one is willing to trust West with so much as a short pencil after he allegedly gouged another prisoner's eye out with his thumb.
It happened at the Airway Heights Corrections Center back in 2010 after West had been transferred to the medium security facility. West was already doing time for killing his cellmate in the Spokane County Jail back in 2004.
Whenever West is moved in and out of the court, no less than six deputies are escorting him.
The judge in the case doesn't want to prejudice the jury so the panel will never see him in chains.
Usually, when the judge enters the courtroom, everyone in court is asked to stand up, but since West can't stand up, that "All rise" order will not be given during his trial.
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