About 35 minutes into a statement suppression hearing on July 10, Hunter stood up at the defense table and asked the judge for new public defender claiming Josh Roberts had a conflict of interest. After being told to sit down, Hunter continued his statement. As deputies started to remove him from the courtroom for using profanity, the handcuffed Hunter stood up, spit on his attorney and tried to strike him.
Hunter was taken to the floor by deputies and removed from the courtroom. Roberts told the judge he was not injured.