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Troubled Defendant Removed From Local Courtroom

Columbus Division of Police

Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Columbus man accused of stealing from a jackpot winner at the Columbus casino. A Franklin County judge says Wendell Watkins doesn't need to be in the courtroom for his trial to proceed. Watkins has barricaded himself in courthouse restrooms and smeared feces on himself in attempts to be declared unfit for trial. Watkins was taken out of the courtroom yesterday after he failed to answer the judge's questions.

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