Inside the courtroom Monday, a witness was testifying about a gang-related homicide.
Outside, three other witnesses got into a fistfight until a bailiff sprayed them with pepper mace.During a preliminary hearing in 3rd Circuit Court, a 17-year-old was asked to leave the courtroom because he is a potential witness for the defense. He went out into the lobby and was apparently looking into the court through a window in the door when two wit-ness-es for the prosecution confronted him.
"They said something to him. He made a remark back to them and the fight started," said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Wesley Dodd.
The hearing was for Jose Reyes Gaitan, an 18-year-old man who is charged with a murder in West Valley City.
After the fight, Judge Dennis Fuchs postponed the preliminary hearing until June 17.