Freshly Convicted Felon Walks Out of Courtroom
Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman “is reviewing” how a newly-minted sexual offender could simply get up and leave the courtroom without anyone noticing, which is exactly what happened Monday when Teddy Magee walked out undetected after a jury convicted him of second-degree sexual battery.
Magee’s defense lawyer, J.C. Lawrence, and the sheriff’s office blame the post-verdict hysteria on the escape. The victim, whose identity is being kept confidential, was ironically the only person to testify for Magee. After the guilty verdict she broke out in screams and tears. As Criminal District Court Judge Benedict Willard and lawyers were discussing a possible appeal bond for Magee, the defendant apparently walked to the back of the courtroom and out the door. A warrant was issued Tuesday morning for Magee’s arrest. Defense attorney J.C. Lawrence said he hadn’t heard from Magee by mid-afternoon.
According to the District Attorney’s office, in October 2010 Magee forced his way into the victim’s bathroom, punched, kicked, and strangled her, then sexually assaulted her. The victim was the only person who testified on Magee’s behalf, and said she consented to his actions. Her testimony conflicted with statements she made to health care workers and investigators immediately after the incident, said the DA’s office.