Pa. Mistrial Declared When Prosthetic Eye Pops Out

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  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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.

    John Huttick was weeping on the witness stand in Common Pleas Court as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in an August 2011 parking lot fight at the New Princeton Tavern, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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

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

    Judge Robert Coleman, who called it an “unfortunate, unforeseen incident,” granted a mistrial motion by defense attorney Eileen Hurley. He scheduled a new trial for March 4.

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