The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

October 17, 2012

Sims to wear ankle shocking device during trial

Court to use shocks to keep order

LEWISBURG -- Slaying suspect Roderick Sims must wear a device that will deliver electric shocks if he misbehaves in Union County Court during his homicide trial, which begins with jury selection Monday.

President Judge Michael H. Sholley issued the order Tuesday during a pretrial conference to address several defense motions, including a request to dismiss first-degree murder charges against Sims, who is accused of gunning down his estranged girlfriend, Charity Spickler, 27, in a Lewisburg apartment on Sept. 28, 2008, after she left him and moved into a local women’s shelter.

Noting that Sims has been removed from the courtroom in the past for refusing to follow orders, Sholley said he had to make sure Sims remains under control for the public’s safety.

A remote control security device known as Bandit that can deliver an electronic jolt to the wearer will be placed on Sims’ calf and concealed under his pants when he’s in the courtroom during his trial. When the jury is out of the courtroom, Sims will also be shackled and cuffed.

Co-defense attorney John McLaughlin argued against putting the device on Sims.

Never crazy in court

“He’s never acted crazy in the courtroom in our presence,” he said, referring to himself and co-counsel Michael Dennehey.

Sholley dismissed the argument, responding that he’s responsible for courtroom safety and the trial would proceed in Sims’ absence if he refuses to wear the device.

During the 90-minute hearing, Sims repeatedly asked for permission to speak to the court and was refused. At one point, he tried to talk while Sholley was speaking and the judge loudly admonished him not to interrupt.

At the end of the hearing, Dennehey informed the court that Sims had taken exception to comments Sholley had made about him — including his demeanor and potentially disrupting the trial — and wanted the judge to let another jurist handle the trial.

“The defendant does not believe (Sholley) is able to be fair and partial,” Dennehey said, quickly adding that Sholley’s recusal was a request from Sims. “It’s not a motion I would have filed, if it were up to me.”

Sholley denied the motion.

When Sims again asked for a chance to speak to the court, Sholley refused, prompting Sims to speak anyway.

Text Only
News
  • 1gaza25.jpg Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 1execution.jpg How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's Editorial: One more job appears at risk

    July 24, 2014

  • Rabbi Conflict in Israel grounds Sunbury rabbi

    TEL AVIV, Israel — While the Israelis and Hamas traded rocket and missile strikes for a 16th day, Rabbi Nina Mandel is struggling to find her way back to Sunbury after the FAA on Wednesday announced that it would extend its ban on travel at Ben-Gurion International Airport for another 24 hours.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fatal24 Danville woman dies as logging truck crushes car in Valley Township

    DANVILLE — An 84-year-old Danville woman was killed when her car and a logging truck collided Wednesday afternoon at Routes 642 and 54 in Valley Township.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Docs: Fractures helped save rock victim's life

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd’s condition is progressing nearly a week after a 13 1/2-hour procedure in which a team of surgeons rebuilt her facial bones and removed a damaged part of her brain, said two Geisinger Health System physicians who are part of that team

    July 24, 2014

  • Magistrate judge sides with Warrior Run

    WILLIAMSPORT — A federal magistrate judge says he agrees with a hearing officer that a Warrior Run student does not need special-education services,

    July 23, 2014

  • Inaugural Lewisburg BrewBQue Musical Festival is Saturday

    LEWISBURG — Not a beer fan? Not a problem. This Saturday’s inaugural Lewisburg BrewBQue Musical Festival, taking place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Market Street from Sixth Street to the Susquehanna River, welcomes brew lovers, barbecue fans, dancers in the street and little tykes alike with an array of events and offerings, organizers said.

    July 23, 2014

  • Decision coming on police shooting of city man

    SUNBURY — Brad Hare, the city’s former acting police chief, will learn by Friday whether he was justified in shooting a city man earlier this month, Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski said Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Union County bridge replacement project begins Aug. 4

    HARTLETON — A PennDOT maintenance crew in Union County will begin a bridge replacement project Aug. 4 on Pleasant Grove Road, Route 3005, in Lewis Township, between Moll Road and Wirth Road, north of Pleasant Grove.

    July 23, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.