The first indication that something was amiss came when Jeffrey Scott Jones slumped suddenly in the Southern California courtroom.
His head struck the table in front of him, and shocked attorneys saw blood streaming from his neck.
Jones, 56, had been on trial in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday, accused of sexually assaulting and raping a girl when she was 13, according to court documents.
A jury had just found the Huntington Beach man guilty when he pulled a standard razor blade out of his pocket and slit his throat, officials later said.
“Right after the judge asked if we wanted jurors polled, both attorneys said no, and then he took a razor out of his left pocket and slashed his throat,” senior deputy district attorney Heather Brown told CBS Los Angeles. “His head hit the table and I thought he fainted — but then I saw the blood and the razor on the table.”
Authorities are investigating how Jones could have snuck a razor blade into court and whether the court needs to review its security measures, a court spokeswoman said.
Jeffrey Scott Jones (Courtesy Orange County District Attorney’s Office)
Jones had been free on bail during the trial, the CBS affiliate reported.
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