Court fight disrupts Manheim Township man’s homicide trial

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A courtroom skirmish delayed the homicide trial of a Manheim Township man accused of fatally stabbing his wife last year.

The fight happened during the trail for 29-year-old Carrington Joseph.

Authorities say Joseph repeatedly stabbed 27-year-old Melissa Joseph in May 2014 while their infant twins were in the home. Police said the couple were arguing in their house at 511 Sterling Place.

As the victim’s sister was finishing her testimony, her brother, Keyon Cowan, charged at Joseph and punched him several times.

Others watching the trial tried to join the fight.

It took several sheriff deputies, who needed to use stun guns, to break up the melee.

The trail was then put on recess for several hours. Cowan was sentenced to 3-6 months in prison for contempt of court.

Extra security has been added for the trial, which is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.

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