As John Huttick described to the jury the pain and suffering he has undergone since losing his eye during a fight outside a bar in Philadelphia on August 18, 2011, he literally relived the experience today, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
During his testimony his prosthethic blue eye popped out, landing close to the jury. Huttick was in the process of telling the Common Please Couty in Philadelphia about how horrible his life has been since losing the eye.
Judge Robert P. Coleman was quick to call a mistrial, saying that a retrial will be scheduled for March 4.
Huttick received a blow to his eye during a fight outside the New Princeton Tavern located at 7101 Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia.
He was drinking in the bar till about 2:30 a.m. with other, including the alleged assailant Matthew Brunelli. Upon leaving the bar, Brunelli and his girlfriend got into an altercation with another group. When word got back to Huttick, who was still in the bar, he came out to prevent a fight. Previously Huttick had been employed as a bouncer by the bar.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson says that Brunelli had a key concealed in his fist as he threw a punch that hit Huttick in the eye. Gilson said:
He was stabbed… [Huttick's] eyeball was pierced, bisected and collapsed and the orbital bone around the eye broken.
One Yahoo review of the bar declares that:
Whereas a more recent Yelp review says:
Brunelli contests through his attorney, Eileen Hurley, who claims that her client acted in self-defense when he saw the much larger Huttick become involve in the fight.
According to the plaintiff, the injury which cost him his vision in one eye, also resulted in him losing his job at another bar, and through depression, losing his girlfriend. He now claims to be broke and destitute. Huttick is suing both Brunelli and The New Princeton Tavern.