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TYLER (KYTX) -- Corey Webb pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of a peace officer after a dramatic morning in a Smith County courtroom.  Webb, 17, faces anywhere from five years to life in prison for allegedly pulling a gun from his backpack and firing at an officer inside the Smith Juvenile Attention Center during an escape attempt in July 2010.

Webb made the plea after his trial got underway around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in Judge Kerry Russell's courtroom.

The trial began with an opening statement from Smith County Assistant District Attorney, Richard Vance.

"You'll see how close this was to a man, father, and public servant laying dead," Vance told the jury.

Mumbling was heard from Corey Webb, 17, and it continued into the first witnesses testimony. So the judge stopped trial.

"Blurting things out.when you're in the middle of trial with a jury in the box is inappropriate behavior," Judge Russell told Webb.

While the judge reprimanded the teen, Webb asked if he could fire his attorney, O. W. Lloyd.

"I don't think he's going to defend me to the best of his ability," Webb told the Judge.

The judge told Webb he had to either keep Lloyd or represent himself. The teen chose to keep his attorney and the trial resumed.

Smith county attention center employee, Glenda Murray took the stand first -- recalling the night of the shooting.

 "I was so scared because I was so afraid our officer was down," she told the court.

After her testimony, the court broke for lunch. Right as the jury was ushered out Webb unbuckled his pants, walked over to a trash can and urinated in court.  The judge had this to say to the Webb.

"I don't know how you were raised, but peeing in a trash can in a state district courtroom is inappropriate behavior. This is the second conversation we've had. There won't be a third."

After recess, trial resumed and Webb made a big decision. He decided to plead guilty to shooting at the intake officer at the attention center on July 23rd 2010.

"They tricked him (into pleading) they know he's sick," Webb's grandma said as she walked out of the courthouse.

Webb's family was outraged with the plea.

"Somehow he got the kid to take a plea and we weren't there to help him," she said. "Corey is sick."

She also maintained her grandson's innocence.

"He didn't do it he just didn't."

But Webb admitted to the court he did and will now face up to life in prison..for the crime..

The court will determine a sentence after more evidence is presented. A sentencing date has been set for September 16.

Webb has two other charges pending against him at this time.


TYLER (KYTX) -- Corey Webb's court-appointed lawyer has requested a mental competency test for his client after Webb urinated in a trash can during court proceedings.

The court is currently on a lunch recess. CBS19.tv will bring you more details as they become available.


TYLER (KYTX) -- The trial of Corey Webb, the Missouri teen accused of firing a gun inside the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center, has begun in Tyler.

Webb's trial had previously been delayed as arguments over Webb's lawyer and forensic experts were worked out.

Webb, 17, faces anywhere from five years to life in prison for allegedly pulling a gun from his backpack and firing at an officer inside the Juvenile Attention Center during an escape attempt in July 2010.

In his opening statement, ADA Richard Vance said that on the evening of July 23, 2010, Webb walked into the Attention Center with the intent of taking a life. Vance said that Tony Walker, an intake officer who was unarmed, had two or three shots fired at him by Webb.

Vance continued, saying that when Walker turned around, Webb grabbed a .357 Magnum from his bag, jumped over a desk, and fired at Walker.

The first witness took the stand. She works at the attention center, and cried as she talked about the night she heard Walker on the radio.

Testimony then stopped because Webb said something inaudible from the defense table. Webb also talked during opening statements, so Judge Kerry Russell brought Webb up to his bench to discuss what's appropriate during court.

Webb then said that he wanted to fire his lawyer, saying, "I don't think he's going to defend me to the best of his ability." Webb's lawyer, O.W. Lloyd, attempted to quit on August 1st, but his request was denied by the judge at that time.

Judge Russell told Webb that unless he has another lawyer, he will have to represent himself if he fires Lloyd. Webb responded, saying he does not have the ability to represent himself. At this time, Lloyd will stay on.

The trial has continued. We'll bring you more details as they become available.

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