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Suspect finally stands up, witness faints during capital murder hearing

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Capital murder defendant James Calvert is surrounded by two Smith County jailers and a bailiff in the 241st District Court. (Source: KLTV Staff) Capital murder defendant James Calvert is surrounded by two Smith County jailers and a bailiff in the 241st District Court. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Cecilia Rodriguez-Bush collapses on the witness stand in the 241st District Court in Smith County. (Source: KLTV Staff) Cecilia Rodriguez-Bush collapses on the witness stand in the 241st District Court in Smith County. (Source: KLTV Staff)
ETMC EMS Paramedics push a stretcher into the Smith County Courthouse to attend to a witness who collapsed on the stand. (Source: KLTV Staff) ETMC EMS Paramedics push a stretcher into the Smith County Courthouse to attend to a witness who collapsed on the stand. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The anything-but-normal hearings in the James Calvert capital murder case continued in the 241st District Court with the defendant being given a warning and a witness collapsing on the stand.

The hearing Thursday centered around getting additional copies of data that had already been supplied by the Smith County District Attorney's Office. Calvert was wanting additional file names and metadata connected to the files that he said could help him in his case.

Calvert's motions were denied except for allowing additional computer time to him inside the Smith County jail. Calvert will now have three hours a day to use his court-provided laptop and printer.

However, it was the behavior of Calvert and a witness who was called to the stand that ended things early in Judge Jack Skeen, Jr.'s courtroom.

Defendant James Calvert, who is defending himself in his death penalty capital murder trial, had to be warned multiple times by Judge Skeen and Smith County Bailiff Browne Carleton to stand up when he is objecting to questions in the courtroom.

Calvert objected to nearly every question prosecutors posed to Cecilia Rodriguez-Bush, a woman who at one time hired Calvert and considered him 'like a grandson'. Rodriguez-Bush was called to the stand by prosecutors since she was in attendance at the Thursday hearing and was asked about her interactions and history with the capital murder suspect.

When Calvert was warned to stand up by the bailiff, he remained seated until two jailers joined the bailiff in surrounding Calvert.

"I'm going to tell you right now, if you're going to talk to the court, then you're going to stand up and talk to me like any lawyer does," Judge Skeen said. "You want to say something, stand up."

Rodriguez-Bush pleaded with Calvert to stand and he finally gave in and stood before the judge when objecting to questions by prosecutors. She admitted to posting to Facebook that "James Calvert has shot and killed Jelena"

"She had been in court yesterday [Oct. 30, 2012], What good has that done?" Rodriguez-Bush read off of the screenshot of the Facebook post. 

Rodriguez-Bush testified in the court for nearly forty minutes but had a medical emergency when she was read a witness statement by Judge Skeen stating she is not to speak about her testimony.

Court staff called paramedics to the 241st District Court and she was evaluated by paramedics.

As James Calvert was being told by Judge Skeen the rest of his hearing was being delayed, Calvert wanted to have the last word with the judge saying, "I hope you're happy, judge."

Calvert is still scheduled to go to trial in the fall of 2014. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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