Mistrial Declared When Man’s Prosthetic Eye Pops Out On Witness Stand

by on 07/02/13 at 4:45 am

Popeye Cooper says he's still in a relationship with LaShonda, but he has to keep an eye open for her fooling around now.

Shaddrack ‘Popeye’ Cooper says he’s still in a relationship with LaShonda, but he has to keep an eye open for her fooling around now.

Philadelphia, PA – (SatireWorld.com)

An assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye ended in a mistrial Wednesday when his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying, startling jurors to the point that some had to be excused.

Shaddrack ‘Popeye’ Cooper was weeping on the witness stand as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of a bar called the New Jack Tavern.

Suddenly, the $3,000 prosthetic brown eye popped out. Cooper caught it and cried out as two jurors gasped and started to rise.

“I couldn’t believe it just came out,” Cooper said.

Judge Melvin Blinkminsy, who called it an “unfortunate, unforeseen incident,” granted a mistrial motion by defense attorney Harry Peters. He scheduled a new trial for March 4.

A group of people including Cooper and defendant Lashell Jones had been drinking at the bar, Assistant District Attorney Mark Tyler said. Jones left with a girlfriend but got into an argument with another patron that turned into a fight in the parking lot, and when Cooper tried to separate the pair Jones threw a punch that hit Cooper’s left eye, Tyler said.

Peters said her client, who’s charged with aggravated assault, struck Cooper with a fist, but TYler said he “stabbed” Cooper with a metal key sticking out between his fingers.

Cooper, who’s suing Jones, said that he lost his job because of the injury and that depression drained his finances and nearly broke up his relationship with his girlfriend LaShonda.

“A year later,” Huttick said, “I have no place to live, and I ran out of money. Plus, this stupid eye keeps falling out. Last Sunday, the darn thing plopped right into my plate of spaghetti at the dinner table! Momma passed out.”

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