Soknang Chham arraigned before Judge Ross for murder
Eastern Hampshire District Court this afternoon hosted more police officers than I have ever seen including representatives from Belchertown, Amherst, State and a few extra bailiffs for good measure.
State and local PD stood in the Courtroom
And midway through the arraignment of Soknang Chham for the shooting death of Jose "Joselito" Rodriguez after an outburst from a couple spectators you understand what the extra security was all about.
Crowd of friends and family
The entire proceedings took perhaps 45 minutes but the actual time in the Court Room for Judge Ross was probably no more than 10 minutes, although he quickly left the room briefly after the outburst and then returned for the second arraignment.
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Soksot Chham arraigned for accessory after the fact to murder
The court room was packed with about three dozen friends and family of the deceased. The actual murder trial will probably take place in Northampton Superior Court since Eastern Hampshire District Court does not deal with full blown murder trials.