Kentucky Deputy Tasers Defendant After Courtroom Threat

A defendant in Jefferson Circuit Court was Tasered by a sheriff's deputy after moving in a threatening way toward a prosecutor.

Courtroom video shows defendant Percy Phillips jumping up from his seat Thursday and knocking over the table in front of him. Phillips cursed at prosecutor John Balliet, called him a liar and then tried to get past a deputy.

Lt. Col. Carl Yates, a sheriff's department spokesman, told The Courier-Journal Thursday that Phillips "made an aggressive move in the direction" of Balliet.

That's when Deputy William Greer grabbed Phillips until Deputy George Thornton yelled "Taser," then Greer backed away and Thornton fired.

Yates said Phillips was subdued, but was not seriously injured.

Defense attorney Jay Lambert said he thought the situation was handled appropriately.