February 7th, 2013
07:36 PM ET

Witness literally cries his eye out; mistrial declared

A court hearing in Philadelphia took an unforeseen turn when a witness, testifying about the consequences of losing his left eye in an alleged assault, began crying and his prosthetic eyeball popped out of its socket and into his hand, unsettling the jury and resulting in a mistrial, according to attorneys involved.

"I've been a prosecutor for 26 years and I've never seen anything like that happen. It was unusual; it was shocking," said Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson, who is prosecuting Mathew Brunelli, 23, charged with aggravated assault, for allegedly stabbing John Huttick in the eye during a bar fight in August 2011.

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  1. Patrick

    That is more common than you think. It had happened to me several times while cooking.

    February 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Awwww, little Jeffy is jealous of Patrick...how saWEET....and oh, so cute.

      February 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    He was literally falling apart up there.

    February 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    You are one sick puck aint ya chucky?

    February 8, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    ...huttick shouldn't pick a fight wittah a guy who loves rib eye...

    February 8, 2013 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. manyote

    That was real "eye-catching" testimony.

    February 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sammy

    eye eye eye eye yaye

    February 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |