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UPDATE: Mayton assaults county attorney after verdict is read

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- As Michael Mayton was being escorted out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, Mayton hit Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter on the head with his handcuffs and then tried to run away.

Friday afternoon, Michael Mayton sat listening to the judge read three verdicts. David Tate's family sat in the gallery awaiting justice.

"I mean take a look at who showed up for him today. David was probably his only friend," Tate's brother Darrick Tate said.

The jury found Mayton guilty of second degree murder for the stabbing death of Tate. And guilty of assault causing bodily injury and serious injury for the stabbing of Richard Schramm, a shock to Tate's family members.

"I don't know if that's for me to be satisfied. You know I think God will have to deal with that for me. I can be angry but it's not gonna do anything," Tate said.

But even more shocking events happened after the verdict was delivered.

"I did see him walk ahead. He was in a hurry to leave. I mean he was in a hurry to leave the officers so I'm thinking 'where are you going so fast in a hurry?'," Tate said.

Leaving the courtroom, escorted by an officer, Mayton hit Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter on the head with his hand cuffs, knocking him to the ground.

Officers confined Mayton to the stairwell and escorted him downstairs to a patrol car waiting to take him to jail. Meanwhile, paramedics attended to Potter upstairs. He was up and alert as they loaded him into the elevator.

As of Friday night, no additional charges had been filed against Mayton. For now everyone's grateful it wasn't worse.

"Luckily the officers that were in the audience responded quickly and were able to contain Mayton rather quickly," Lt. Scott Baxter said.

We spoke with Potter on the phone Friday night. He couldn't comment on Friday's assault however, he is happy with the second degree guilty verdict.

Mayton faces up to 50 years in prison with chance for parole after 35 years. Mayton's sentencing is scheduled for July 26, at 11 a.m.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations will investigate the incident at the courthouse involving Mayton and Potter. DCI says charges will likely be filed next week.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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