kiyoshi higashi finally removed from court for being disruptive..the prison dr. should mandate a proctological exam with the attached sword.
Suspect In Deadly Shooting Taunts Victim's Family, Friends
June 30, 10:23 PM
Kiyoshi Higashi smirks at shooting victim's family and friends.
KOMO NewsTACOMA, Wash. -- Kiyoshi Higashi, one of four suspects facing charges in the April 28 robbery-turned-homicide, appeared in court on Wednesday to hear the results of a competency test he has just taken. But as he walked into court, he smirked at the family members of victim Jim Sanders. Once in his seat, Higashi continued to smirk and stare at family members as well as news cameras.
"When he came in laughing and looked right at me," said Charlene Sanders, the victim's widow. "I lost it, just lost it. Tears, everything, and I had to get out of there."
A guard stood in Higashi's line of vision, attempting to act as a barrier between him and the victim's family. But Higashi continued to mock the victim's family members, some of whom, unable to control their crying, had to leave the courtroom.
At one point, the guard grabbed the defendant in an attempt to control him. Higashi tried to fight off the guard's hold, prompting a minor scuffle. As guards accompanied him out of the courtroom, Higashi turned to the victim's widow, and yelled out an expletive.
The court ruled Higashi is competent to stand trial, and his trial date was set for January 10, 2011. Higashi, 22, is one of four held in the Edgewood homicide. Clabon Berniard, 23; Joshua Reese, 20; and Amanda Knight, 21, have also been charged. All four have pleaded not guilty, and are being held on $2 million bail each.
Sanders, 43, was shot at his home in the 3600 block of 106th Ave. Ct. East. Sanders, his wife and their two sons were home at the time.
Investigators said the homeowner had listed an expensive ring for sale on Craigslist, and was expecting a potential buyer to stop by the home to take a look around 9:30 p.m. Three men and a woman arrived, "flashed cash" at the door, and the "homeowners let them in to buy a ring," said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. But once inside the home, at least one of them pulled out a gun.
Detectives believe Sanders was shot multiple times while trying to protect his teenage son, who may have tried to fight back against the robbers.
"He saw his son being hurt, because they started hitting his son, because his son jumped on the back, tried to protect his dad," said neighbor Kamille Papini. "And I think Jim responded to what they were doing to his son."
The group ransacked the Edgewood home, and some of the items taken were found along the highway shortly after the killing.
Higashi and Reese were captured in May during a traffic stop in Daly City, just outside of San Francisco. Berniard surrendered to police in Seattle after a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. Knight turned herself in to Sumner police after her photo was released to the media.
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