A Miami criminal trial was delayed briefly Friday when the accused man defecated and “cast feces” inside the courtroom before closing arguments were set to begin in his burglary trial, officials said.
The excrement from Dorleans Philidor, 33, was aimed at but did not reach Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh. Lawyers fled as county police officers and corrections officers swarmed the courtroom. “It’s protein! It’s good for you!” he yelled, according to witnesses.
The incident happened during the routine morning court calendar. No jurors were on hand yet.
Philidor was sitting in a wheelchair near Judge Walsh, who scrambled away as her bailiff yelled for her to run. He also ate some of the feces, witnesses said.
“It was intense. The corrections officers and police officers were swarming. Like 60 of them,” said witness Allen Rios, who posted a short clip of the commotion to his Instagram page. “They told everyone to leave and you couldn’t go back in. It was a hazardous area.”
Walsh was not deterred. As courtroom 2-10 was shut down for cleaning, the judge moved the closing arguments to another courtroom upstairs late Friday morning, according to spokeswoman Eunice Sigler.
Jurors deliberated Friday afternoon for about one hour — then found Philidor not guilty of the crime. He won’t be getting out of jail, however, because he is still facing a separate trial in a grand-theft auto case.
It’s unclear if he will face charges related to the courtroom attack.
It was the second time in two days that Philidor’s behavior delayed the trial.
On Thursday afternoon, the court called a lunch break, with closing arguments set to begin afterward. But Philidor, who was in a holding cell next to the courtroom, defecated on himself and smeared it all over himself and the cell, officials said.
Corrections officers had to whisk him away through a public hallway, which was permeated by the smell. One half of the second floor was shut down on Thursday afternoon so the courtroom could be cleaned and disinfected.
Lawyers and the court wanted to know if Philidor was faking mental illness, so a doctor was appointed to evaluate him. He apparently was well enough to go to closing arguments — before Friday’s outburst.
“MDCR staff and Correctional Health Services (CHS) Staff will continue to monitor this inmate and will provide extra security precautions to avoid the events from reoccurring,” according to Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Juan Diasgranados.
Police say the accused broke into a North Miami Beach home while the homeowner was inside, and was captured after she called police.
With multiple convictions on his record, he’s also a career criminal who was facing at least 15 years in prison if convicted.