A Florida man spilled a cup of bleach in the courtroom as the jury read its verdict, finding him guilty of armed robbery.
Jermaine Bell, 38, has spent more than three years in custody for the December 2018 robbery of which he was convicted. He points a gun at the staff at the Millennium Engine Plating while he is disguised as a courier.
Bell was seen drinking bleach from a white disposable cup before an officer approached him with a dustpan and attempted to make the inmate spit out the liquid. But Bell continued to drink from the cup until he finally sat down.
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He immediately became very ill after drinking the bleach and was carried out of the Miami courtroom on a stretcher. After this he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Bell is in stable condition in hospital after ingesting bleach, but it’s unclear how he was able to get it into the courtroom. Questions are also being raised by his family as to why no one intervened when he was drinking the product.
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Reverend Jerome Starling, a distant relative of Bell’s, told Local 10, “I see him drinking something that’s not right.” I said how can this happen.
Starling said there must be accountability for what happened in the courtroom.
Bell’s cousin, who recorded the incident, said that she immediately tried to rescue him.
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“I was the only one who jumped up and tried to get him help,” she told Local 10.[It’s] Very emotional for the whole family. We thought we would lose Jermaine that day.”
Miami-Dade County Corrections and Miami-Dade Police are investigating the incident.
Miami-Dade police did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.