Feb 6, 2013 8:00 PM by AP Posted by Tony Spehar

Pa. mistrial declared when prosthetic eye pops out

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye has ended in a mistrial after his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( says John Huttick was weeping on the witness stand Wednesday as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of a bar called the New Princeton Tavern.

The $3,000 prosthetic blue eye suddenly popped out. Huttick caught it and cried out as two jurors gasped and started to rise.

Judge Robert Coleman granted a mistrial motion by defense attorney Eileen Hurley.

Huttick says he can't believe the eye "just came out."

The judge calls it an "unfortunate, unforeseen incident." He has scheduled a new trial next month.


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