Florida Battery, Fighting, and Affray Charges after Courtroom Brawl

Many people have seen a fight in Jacksonville.  The fight may have happened at a school, party, bar, or ballgame.  As a Jacksonville battery lawyer, I have represented many people charged with fighting or affray, aggravated battery, domestic battery, and simple battery.  I have helped people accused of Jacksonville battery on a law enforcement officer and felony battery.  Fights do not normally happen at the courthouse, but when emotions are running high, people are not themselves. This recently happened in central Florida.

In Osceola County, Jayson Clair killed Joel and James Kun about one year ago.  Police stated that the Kun brothers and Clair engaged in several fights on the night of the shooting.  Media reports about this Florida murder state that “Clair claims he shot the men to protect his life, but police reports and witnesses state he left the bar, drove out of the parking lot and later returned with a handgun before the fatal confrontation.  After killing the brothers, Clair was accused of pointing his gun at their mother and threatening to shoot her, as well, according to interviews and court records. He remains held without bail in the county jail.”

Days ago, there was a hearing scheduled on Clair’s Florida Stand Your Ground defense.  Moments later, a fight broke out at the courthouse.  The Boston Herald wrote a story on this Florida battery incident stating:

“More than 30 spectators, friends and relatives of the accused killer, Jayson Clair, and the dead Kun brothers had been asked to leave when shoving, punching and kicking began just outside Circuit Judge Jon Morgan’s courtroom.  Several men were handcuffed by sheriff’s deputies and a St. Cloud police officer who was caught in the midst of the brawl. One man complained of a broken jaw, and a woman screamed at one of the fighters, “Like father, like son.”  A WFTV-TV cameraman was caught in the middle and videotaped the punching and shoving, which ended with the St. Cloud officer taking one of the brawlers to the floor and a deputy sheriff mentioning that his finger had been sprained.  One of the punches or an elbow struck St. Cloud Police Detective Christian Anderson, who investigated the killings last year. He was hit in the back of the head, which the sheriff’s office determined had been unintentional, records show.”

“After Monday’s fight, court records identified the brawlers as Clair’s stepfather, James “Zeke” Parker, 53, of Minneola, the dead brothers’ father, James Kun Sr., 45, of St. Cloud, and Kun family friend, Jeremy Milyon, 23, of St. Cloud. All were charged with affray, a misdemeanor.  Milyon is accused with starting the brawl by confronting and punching Parker, who responded, “You want a piece of me? Let’s go,” arrest reports stated. At least one woman was knocked off her feet when Kun joined the fight and traded punches with Parker.  Afterward, Milyon complained of a broken jaw and was transported from the courthouse by ambulance to a local hospital, according to witnesses. He was treated for an undisclosed injury, released and booked at the Osceola County Jail along with Parker and Kun, according to the sheriff’s office.  All three were issued trespass warnings that will prevent them from attending the murder trial.”

It does not take a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney to advise you that fighting in front of police officers is a bad idea.  You do not need a Jacksonville criminal lawyer to tell you that the courthouse is full of police officers.  While emotions are running high, it is best to let the judge and jury make the decisions instead of taking the law into your own hands.  These people are now facing Florida affray charges.  Depending on the facts, they could have been charged with battery.  If you are charged with fighting or affray in Jacksonville, talk to a Jacksonville lawyer at 20 Miles Law.  You may be able to defense your case based on the Florida self-defense law.  Call a criminal lawyer in Jacksonville at (904) 564-2525.

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