Judge's verdict sends man into a frenzy, witnesses say

A man reportedly sparked a melee in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday after being convicted of assaulting two sheriff's deputies in May.

Seth Anthony Parrish, 25, no known address, allegedly struck court house security deputies after learning that he had been convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree assault, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct, according to Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

Jackson County Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe successfully prosecuted Parrish on the charges and was in the courtroom when Parrish flew into a rage after the verdict.

Hoppe declined to comment on the melee, saying that an investigation into the matter was underway.

"I can't comment because I'm probably going to prosecute (Parrish) once again," Hoppe said.

Parrish was in court after assaulting two Jackson County sheriff's deputies in May.

The case has been turned over to the Medford Police Department, Carlson said.

Medford police Sgt. Curtis Whipple said an officer will interview witnesses who were in court at the time of the melee.

"There were several people who witnessed it," Whipple said. "Charges are pending."

Hoppe said blow-ups are rare in court, despite the fact that criminal trials can be tense situations.

"It doesn't happen that often here," Hoppe said. "You don't have politeness all the time when you deal with the criminal element, but assaults in the courtroom are not common."

Parrish is no stranger to local police. Since 2008, he has been arrested on numerous felonies ton include first-degree theft, first-degree burglary, possession of cocaine, vehicle theft and attempted second-degree assault.

Parrish also has a history of resisting arrest, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Whipple said his officer should finish his report soon and it will be sent to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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