Courtroom video attacker back in court

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The man captured on courtroom video attacking an assistant prosecuting attorney was back in court today for his preliminary examination.

Joshua Harding was in restraints to face charges including assault with intent to commit murder, terrorism, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon in jail.

The 35-year-old Okemos man has been charged with those four felonies for his August courtroom attack of an assistant Ingham County prosecuting attorney.

He was bound over for trial today on those four charges.

In August, moments before Harding was to hear the jury deliver the guilty verdict for the criminal sexual conduct charge, he allegedly pulled a shank from his shirt sleeve and lunged towards Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Roth.

Harding was wrestled to the floor by deputies. Roth and a deputy suffered minor injuries.

The courtroom video was released by Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, even though the attack did not happen in her courtroom.

That led to an obstruction of justice investigation by the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office that has since been resolved.

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