EDINBURG — With a juror pool waiting to be seated inside the auxiliary courtroom and on the same day the murder trial against him was set to begin, Claudio Alberto Morales suffered an apparent seizure, according to court staff.
Just before 2 p.m. Monday, Morales’ body stiffened and he fell over, one courtroom deputy said.
Morales suffered a laceration to his tongue when he bit down on his tongue, court officials said.
He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution, but as of Tuesday afternoon his status was unknown.
Morales, 44, of El Paso, was to tried starting Monday in connection with the murder of Arturo Noe Sanchez, 62, of McAllen, in December 2005.
Court staff said because of the incident they had to release the jurors, who were preparing for the selection process that afternoon.
It is unknown if Morales suffers from a medical condition.
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