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July 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Accused double killer banned from Island County trial for violent outbursts

Accused double murderer Joshua Lambert was banned from an Island County courtroom Tuesday after he became violent during his trial, according to the Whidbey News Times.

Lambert, who is acting as his own attorney as he is being tried in the slayings of his grandparents, became upset Tuesday afternoon while the prosecution’s expert witness, psychologist Brian Judd, testified that he didn’t believe that Lambert is schizophrenic, the newspaper reported. He testified that Lambert didn’t exhibit any of the typical characteristics, such as a “flat affect” and “a poverty of words.”

Lambert is claiming an insanity defense.

Lambert interrupted the testimony, claiming that Judd was misstating the facts.

Judge Vickie Churchill halted the testimony and excused the jury. Lambert continued to challenge Judd, saying he was going to report him to the licensing authority, the News Times reported.

Lambert suddenly became violent and was immediately wrestled to the ground by two corrections deputies, Deputy Ed Wallce and the bailiff, Dave Penrod. Even Sheriff Mark Brown, who happened to be in the audience, jumped into the fray.

Deputies handcuffed Lambert and took him out of the courtroom.

Churchill explained what had occurred for the record, explaining that Lambert created “violence in the courtroom.”

“Mr. Lambert will not be allowed back in the courtroom again,” she said.

Island County prosecutors say Lambert killed his paternal grandfather, George Lambert, and maternal grandmother, August Eugene “Sonny” Eisner, in August 2011.

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