In a video obtained by the television station WLWT, Tonio Hughes can be seen running up behind the defendant, 22-year-old Desean Brown, and landing several blows to his head before deputies wrestle Hughes to the ground and call for backup. They handcuffed him, but he attempted to rush Brown a second time before he was escorted out of the court room. After the incident, a judge ruled Hughes in contempt of court and sentenced him to seven days in jail.
“Everything inside him, just the pain and everything, took over,” Faith Burton, a friend of Hughes’ family, told the WLWT. “He did what I think any of us would do.”
Brown is accused of killing Hughe's girlfriend Nyteisha Lattimore in 2020. Investigators said that Brown stabbed Lattimore to death before putting Lattimore and Hughes' son, Nylo, in the Ohio River. The child's remains have never been found. Brown's defense team attempted to suppress a taped confession between Brown and investigators from the upcoming trial in the pre-trial hearing on Thursday (June 23), but the judge denied the request and ruled that the confession will be permitted as evidence.
The prosecution is seeking the death penalty for Brown.