St. Martin

Jul 31, 2014 4:19 PM by KATC

Man attempts suicide in St. Martinville courtroom

A man who was found guilty in a St. Martinville courtroom today of five counts of aggravated incest attempted suicide in the courtroom.

St. Martin Parish Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars, who declined to identify the man, says the jury had already been excused when the man stood up and said he would kill himself before going to jail.

Cedars said the man then used a small razor blade to slit his throat and both of his wrists.

According to the St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court's Office, the man who attempted suicide in the courtroom is Robbie Frith.

Aggravated incest carries a minimum sentence of 25 years for each count, Cedars said.

The court was about to remand Frith into custody when the man stood up and attempted suicide.

The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office responded quickly to Cedar's request for a crisis team, which includes people who are trained to counsel others on traumatic experiences.

Cedars said several female prosecutors and other staffers were in the courtroom when Frith attempted suicide.



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