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Security added after courtroom outburst

Friday, January 21, 2005

Courtroom outbursts following James "Fuzz" Seibers' plea bargain and sentence for the 2002 quadruple homicide led deputies to add a second layer of security at the Bedford County Courthouse yesterday. Visitors were checked as they came to court in the morning; after lunch, those attending stood in line, had personal belongings checked and were checked for weapons with a wand.

The reasons? First, the return of William Joel "Jo Jo" Haithcote, one of Seibers' co-defendants in the June 2002 murders of Jackie Addison, Christy Dawn Jones, Matthew Kelley and Tonya Taylor. Second, the arraignment of Jason Christopher Underwood on two first-degree murder charges in the late-October deaths of Anthony Baltimore and Becky Ray.

"Several people took off and ran down the stairs when they saw what we were doing," deputy Lindsey Puckett said of the afternoon security alert. It was without incident.

The heavy court docket took most of the day, with 13 persons indicted by the grand jury being arraigned, cases continued, pleas accepted and sentenced handed down.