A new video going viral on social media shows Willie Clay Fields, a 57 year old man punching his son’s killer in a South Carolina courtroom on Thursday.
The murderer on trial, 22-year-old Lindy Jones, confessed and pleaded guilty to murdering 18-year-old Willie Antoine Fields on August 2, 2019.
The slain teen’s father, Willie Clay Fields, is facing one count each of contempt of court and third-degree assault and battery following an incident in the Orangeburg County Courthouse on Thursday morning.
How Willie Clay Fields punched son’s killer at Orangeburg court hearing
On Thursday morning, just after 10 a.m., Jones’ sentencing hearing got underway before Circuit Judge Roger Young.
“Both the victim’s mother and father would like to address your honor: Willie Fields and Angela Fields,” said 1st Circuit Deputy Solicitor Tommy Scott to Young.
Willie Clay Fields flanked his wife on the left and another male family member stood by her right.
Both men each placed an arm on Angela Fields’ back to comfort her.
“What would you like to tell me?” Young asked the parents of the slain teen.
“Your honor, I just want to let you know just what they took from me,” said Angela Fields, fighting sobs and tears.
“They took away my only child,” Angela Fields said, her words punctuated with emotion.
“It has been so hard,” she said.
At that point, Willie Clay Fields darted from his wife’s left side, took three lunging steps and appeared to use his right fist to punch Jones on the right side of his head.
Jones was standing next to his public defender, Jason Turnblad.
Jones’ wrists were shackled in front of him and the metal cuffs on each leg were separated with a short chain allowing limited movement.
At the moment of the attack, Jones was looking down, wearing a face mask and touching his fingers together.
Jones fell to the floor and Willie Fields appeared to punch him multiple times.
Courtroom officers and deputies rushed to the two men.
“Back off, sir! Back off, sir!” a deputy yelled.
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