Fight breaks out during teen murder suspect's court appearance
YAKIMA, Wash. - A court hearing for a teen murder suspect is being moved to the county jail after officials say a fight broke out at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Luis Enrique Medina-Beltran, 15, was appearing in court Wednesday for the shooting death of 17-year-old Napoleon Prado, who was killed in October.
Action News reached out to Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic, who said the fight started in the parking lot after the hearing. While law enforcement was already on scene, more response was needed.
"I counted anywhere from 18 to 20 police cars at one point," Brusic said.
A cousin of the murdered teen who says he was at the hearing contacted Action News Wednesday afternoon to report of the fight.
He said people in the courtroom were taunting the victim's family by yelling and arguing with family members at courts.
Yakima County Sheriff's Office reported the fight was between rival gangs, but the family member at the hearing said gang members supporting Beltran were actually antagonizing Prado's family.
Spokesperson for Yakima County Sheriff's Office Casey Schilperpoort said the hearing was immediately halted as yelling was occurring, and authorities called Yakima police.
Friday's hearing in this murder case will be held at the Yakima County Jail in downtown Yakima for everyone's safety, according to Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic.