Shooting suspect held in contempt of court


CAIRO — A man who has been accused of fatally shooting his brother was held in contempt after attempting to walk away from a court proceeding.

Joseph Michael White was in court Thursday morning for his arraignment when he stated that he did not want the attorney the state provided to act as his legal counsel to represent him.

Judge Heather Lanier, who was presiding over the court, explained to White that state-appointed attorneys cannot be selected by defendants. As Lanier was speaking, White began walking away from the bench. Nearby law enforcement prevented White from leaving.

Lanier sentenced White to 20 days in jail for contempt of court.

Prosecutors say White shot his brother Travis, 33, in the head with a .22-caliber rifle following an argument on March 29.

White fled the scene with a firearm but was later found unarmed. 

Nearby schools were locked down as police, sheriff's deputies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation searched for White.

White is currently facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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