A still-grieving father reportedly lost control of his emotions in a courtroom on Monday and attempted to attack the man convicted of raping and murdering his 12-year-old daughter about 15 years ago.
Karl Roberts, who was convicted in the rape and murder of 12-year-old Andi Brewer in 1999, was in Polk County Circuit Court in Arkansas on Monday for a competency evaluation to determine if he is permitted to waive his post-conviction rights and accept the death penalty.
Reports indicate Andi Brewer was raped and strangled in woods near Mena, Arkansas. Roberts was reportedly the girl’s uncle by marriage.
Greg Brewer, the deceased girl’s father, was apparently in the courtroom during the proceedings. At one point, Roberts turned around and told Brewer, “Greg, it’s all going to be OK.”
The seven words infuriated the father, according to KSFM-TV. He jumped over the partition in the courtroom and went after his daughter’s killer, but was tackled by officers before he could get to him.
Brewer was reportedly arrested and booked at Polk County Jail. Chief Deputy Scott Sawyer told KTHV-TV charges related to the outburst are pending.
"I think he had just kind of had it," a family member told the news station of the father, adding that the entire family is "overwhelmed right now."
KSFM-TV reports Roberts wants to waive his rights and move forward with his death sentence, which has resulted in his attorneys arguing that he’s not competent to make such a decision.