A Calera woman is expected to be formally arraigned this afternoon for kicking out a glass door in the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

The 18-year-old woman has been charged with injury to a public building, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.

The woman allegedly became irate after deputies arrested a relative who had shown up late for a jury trial.

Richard Perez Anzaldua, 37, Phoenix, Ariz., was to stand trial at 9 a.m. Wednesday for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended driver’s license. His attorney showed up for the trial on time, but Anzaldua didn’t.

According to a court minute, District Judge Thomas Bartheld dismissed 30 prospective jurors and issued a warrant for Anzaldua’s arrest at 9:25 a.m. and ordered him held in lieu of a $200,000 bond. Bartheld also assessed Anzaldua $952.15 for the costs of calling the jury.

When Anzaldua showed up later, a deputy arrested him in the courthouse, at which time the woman allegedly shattered a glass door leading to Bartheld’s courtroom.

“Judge Bartheld is very solicitous of the jury,” said Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Cerda. “He’s not going to hold jurors for no reason. They’re doing their civic duty and Judge Bartheld is not going to just hold them there waiting for a defendant who might not even show up.”

It could have been different if Anzaldua had contacted his attorney and let him know he was running late, Cerda said, adding “Then the court would have had some idea how long it would be, but he didn’t contact anyone.”

The door was replaced at a cost of about $160, but the price will go up when the lettering on the door is done.



Contact Doug Russell at drussell@mcalesternews.com

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