Man Accused Of Jacksonville, NC Murder Attacks Boston Attorney In MA Court

A prominent Boston defense attorney has been attacked in court by one of his clients, a man who is facing a murder charge in Eastern Carolina.

Attorney Jeffrey Denner was in court Wednesday representing Eben Howard in an assault on a correctional officer when Howard told the judge Denner had poisoned his cranberry juice. Howard lunged at Denner, hitting him in the chest. Court officers quickly subdued Howard.

Denner said he'll continue to represent Howard, who he says is mentally ill. Howard is also charged in the 2003 killing of his ex-wife's boyfriend in Jacksonville, N.C.

Howard was accused of assaulting Neil Entwistle -- a British man convicted of killing his wife and baby daughter -- while Howard was jailed on assault charges in 2006.

Denner represented Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter -- better known as Clark Rockefeller -- who was convicted last year of kidnapping his daughter.

According to published reports, Howard is accused of killing 23-year-old Dave Johnson in 2003 in a Walnut Hill Drive in Jacksonville.

Reports indicate he posted bond and was taken by his father to a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts, where he tried to strangle the hospital employee.

That crime is the case that was being heard when Howard attacked his attorney this week.

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