“Assaults on Murder Suspect During Trial at St. Mary’s County Courthouse”

By | July 21, 2023



On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, an assault took place at the St. Mary’s County Circuit Courthouse in Leonardtown. The incident occurred during a murder trial, when a 17-year-old witness finished testifying and proceeded to assault Latres Javontae Cockerham, the murder suspect. Daimyon Anthony Wood, another suspect, also entered the courtroom and joined in the assault on Cockerham.

During the altercation, court officers attempted to intervene and were also assaulted. One officer suffered lacerations and abrasions to their right hand, while another officer sustained minor injuries to their left hand. Deputy Dietrich was pulled to the ground, resulting in a small abrasion to his right elbow.

The assault caused damage to a courtroom chair and the red cedar wood wall. The suspects involved in the assault were identified as Daimyon A. Wood, Jordan T. Hutchenson, and a 17-year-old male juvenile. Wood has been charged with assault in the second degree, assault on a correctional officer, and malicious destruction of property, among other charges. Hutchinson has been charged with assault in the second degree and malicious destruction of property.

It is important to note that Cockerham and two others were already in custody for the murder of a 19-year-old that occurred on January 12, 2022. Cockerham faces numerous charges related to the murder, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and assault charges.

The incident at the courthouse highlights the potential for volatile situations during trials and the importance of maintaining security and order in the courtroom. The assault not only disrupted the proceedings but also posed a danger to the individuals involved. The charges brought against the suspects reflect the severity of their actions and the consequences they may face.

Overall, this incident serves as a reminder of the need for effective security measures in courtrooms to ensure the safety of all parties involved in the judicial process..