HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) —
A public defender in central Nebraska has suffered a heart attack,
leading a judge to declare a mistrial in an assault case.
According to the
Hastings Tribune, Adams County
Public Defender Art Toogood had a heart attack over the weekend. He is
now at a hospital in Lincoln. His family has asked hospital staff not to
release information about his condition.
Toogood's absence in
Adams County District Court on Monday morning forced Judge Stephen
Illingworth to declare a mistrial in the case against 30-year-old John
Espino, which began Thursday and was expected to conclude Monday.
Espino has been accused of hitting his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach with a board in August 2011.