Connecticut man collapses in court, says ‘I am a good soul,” despite the accusation of the high school student’s murder



Stabbing suspect collapses during the first appearance

18-year-old Shyhiem Adams, who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Justin Brady, collapsed in court during his first appearance before the court in Connecticut.

Chaos followed in Connecticut in the courtroom when a fight broke out during an arrest as an 18-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a teenager collapsed while screaming: “I am a good soul.”

Shyhiem Adams made his first appearance Tuesday in Enfield, Connecticut, and was indicted for manslaughter in the death of Justin Brady. The 16-year-old Enfield high school student died after Adams allegedly stabbed him a few times on a lawn during a fight early Monday.

Adams’ accusation quickly became unmanageable when about 40 participants, including Adams family, sat in the courtroom. Multiple people reportedly shouted obscenities at Adams.

Shyhiem Adams is helped by a bailiff after the collapse, as friends of the Justin Brady were screaming Adams during his arraignment in Enfield Superior Court of the charges in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Justin Brady.


At one point, the 18-year-old collapsed, dropping to the floor in tears.

“I am a good soul, Jesus, please,” Adams said as he sank to the bottom, the Hartford Courant reported.

Meanwhile, a brawl broke out among the attendees that spread to the courtroom in the corridor. At least 10 people were thrown out of the room. The verbal argument turned physical in the hallway and one man, who, as a 30-year-old John Moran, was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct and third degree assault.

Adams’ arraignment hearing continued and a judge reduced his bond to $750,000.

Shyhiem Adams mouth something to his mother and aunt sitting in the courtroom gallery during arraignment in Enfield Superior Court of the charges in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Justin Brady.


Adams’ stepfather, Ronald Ayton, told FOX61 Adams collapsed, because he has autism.

“He was trying to grow above his handicap, and the best person he can be. For them to talk to him like that, and I can understand why he passed out in court-it is something he is not used to it,” Ayton said.

Adams is expected to return to the court on sept. 24.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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