Family kicked out of court hearing

An emotionally charged court hearing ended with shouts, tears and a protest Monday.
July 23, 2012 11:25:13 AM PDT
An emotionally charged court hearing ended with shouts, tears and a protest Monday.

Family and friends of a Good Samaritan crammed a Wake County courtroom Monday morning as two men facing murder charges appeared before a judge.

Eleazer Herrera was fatally stabbed in January after he stopped to help those involved in a car wreck.

Police later charged Samuel Gideon and Christopher Rochelle with his murder.

When Gideon appeared in the courtroom Monday, Herrera's mother shouted, "Repent."

The hearing got so heated that authorities had to kick out the family and didn't even bring in the second suspect.

The last time the men appeared in court, the victim's family members also exchanged words.

"It's very hard for us to even be in the same room as him," Herrera's brother Manny Herrera said. " It's hard, everybody's really trying to get an understanding like why, what happened."

Following the hearing, family members protested outside the courthouse, asking for justice.

The case has been continued to August 20.

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