After Outburst, Driver Accused in Massachusetts Trooper's Death Removed From Court

Defendant David K. Njuguna, the driver charged in the Massachusetts Turnpike death of Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, was hurriedly removed from the courtroom after an outburst Tuesday morning.

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Defendant David K. Njuguna, the driver charged in the Massachusetts Turnpike death of Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, was hurriedly removed from the courtroom after an outburst Tuesday morning.
Defendant David K. Njuguna, the driver charged in the Massachusetts Turnpike death of Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, was hurriedly removed from the courtroom after an outburst Tuesday morning.
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WORCESTER, Massachusetts -- Defendant David K. Njuguna, the driver charged in the Massachusetts Turnpike death of Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, was hurriedly removed from the courtroom after an outburst Tuesday morning.

As the session got underway in Worcester Superior Court, Njuguna began speaking, unprompted. He apologized to Reisa Clardy, the trooper's widow.

"There's no need to go any further," Njuguna said. "I'm very sorry for what happened. I'm very sorry Mrs. (Reisa) Clardy for what happened. Mr. Ettenburg told me not to say anything. I want to apologize to Mrs. Clardy."

Peter Ettenberg is Njuguna's lawyer.


As court officers escorted him away from the defense table, Njuguna yelled, "Why are these people lying?"

The trial, in its seventh day, was wrapping up, with lawyers for both sides expected to present closing arguments Tuesday morning.

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker, who is overseeing the jury-waived trial, ruled Njuguna out of order after the outburst. Njuguna talked over the judge, who told him she would not accept his testimony because he wasn't under oath.

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