Joseph Ward, 35, collapsed in court as he testified of his arrest in June 2018 in Fresno, California
A man accused of abduction and sexual abuse of a nanny from Fresno collapsed dramatically in the gallery after his lawyer asked him a single question.
Joseph Ward, scheduled to give his testimony on Monday, took pain in his stomach after being sworn in the tribunal in a California courtroom and was in doubt for less than a minute.
Amanda Moran, Ward's lawyer, asked: & # 39; Have you been in contact with a woman who has testified in court? & # 39;
Ward replied: & # 39; My stomach hurts. No, I didn't do that, No, I didn't do that. & # 39;
Ward held his side while he was in court on Monday, August 26, and allegedly told the court that his stomach hurt
Just a minute from his testimony, Ward turned around in his chair and slumped on the floor of the courtroom
The deputies of the sheriff in Fresno County rushed to the Wards department when jury members were escorted from the room
Shared in a video by ABC 13, the 35-year-old spins in his seat and falls as the Fresno County Sheriff delegates come to the rescue.
ABC 13 reports that the jury members were immediately escorted from the room, while Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan rescheduled the trial for Tuesday.
The Fresno Bee reports in an update that Ward still claims to be sick and the trial has been delayed until Wednesday.
According to the Fresno Bee, the nature of Ward's disease is unknown.
Fox 26 News reports that Ward is on trial for 12 charges, including kidnapping, sexual violence, carjacking, first-degree robbery, terrorist threats, fake imprisonment with violence and various others.
Ward is said to have seen a 24-year-old babysitter and a one-year-old child walk in Northeast Fresno on June 24, 2018.
According to the Fresno Bee, Ward followed the victim to her house where she was working and forced a way inside.
Senior deputy prosecutor, Rick Thomas, said to Fresno Bee: “She was nervous, but he started to leave when she opened the front door. And then he came after her. & # 39;
Ward has been charged with 12 crimes, including sexual violence, kidnapping and first-degree robbery
Ward is said to have asked for money and her cell phone, waving a knife and starting to steal items from the house.
Thomas says that Ward reportedly asked the babysitter to dance before pouring cooking oil on her, rubbing her body and sexually abusing the victim.
He then had the babysitter take him to an ATM in North Cedar, used her bank card to withdraw money, and fled in her vehicle.
Ward was later arrested on July 25, 2018, by police officers in Fresno County.
His trial has been postponed for Wednesday, August 28 after Ward claims he is still sick
Ward's surprise collapse is not his first incident during his court case.
According to ABC 13, Ward tried to dismiss his lawyer twice in court. He also repeatedly spoke out of his turn, raised his hand and made & # 39; various other gestures & # 39 ;.
They report that on the day of his trial, an outbreak of Ward made the judge remove him from the courtroom before he returned.
Ward had conditional release at the time of his arrest for mistreatment with a deadly weapon, according to Fox 26 News.
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