Man slashes own throat in front of courtroom moments after guilty verdict
A man appearing in court following a horror assault committed suicide moments after he was found guilty, gruesomely slashing his own throat "from ear to ear".
Jeffrey Ferris, 55, had been on trial at the Quentin Burdick Courthouse in Fargo, North Dakota, US, on several assault-related charges on Monday, May 17.
He was on trial for an April 2020 incident on the Turtle Mountian Indian Reservation, according to local reports.
Court records allege he drove a jeep toward several children and nearly hit them and that he assaulted a person with a handgun.
Ferris faced charges of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, terrorising, and using a firearm in a violent felony.
The defendant is said to have committed suicide using a concealed weapon when the jury returned a partial guilty verdict on the charges.
US Marshals said the jury had left the courtroom at the time of the incident, but US District Judge Peter Welte, courtroom staff and people in the public gallery were present at the time.
North Dakota US Marshal Dallas Carlson told KVRR: “He produced an edge weapon and cut his throat.”
Another witness told Valley News Live: "The guy turned around and you could see the inside of his neck. He had slit his neck with some object.
"One of the other attorneys in there said it looked like a pen, but his attorney said it looked like a scalpel."
Another witness told WDAY news he killed himself after getting "bad news" from the judge.
US Marshals and the FBI are investigating the man’s death.
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