Juan Rodriguez, 41, was appearing before Judge Beatrice Butchko on an attempted first-degree murder charge when he repeatedly threatened to kill her.
Rodriguez suffers from a mental illness and lives in an assisted-living facility called Grand Court Lakes. Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Miami police said the 6-foot-tall, 225-pound man took a large Bowie hunting knife from his belt and, for no appa More..rent reason, stabbed a nursing assistant in the back.
The nursing assistant, 41-year-old Nadine Clark-Morris, was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where she was listed in good condition Wednesday.
Management at Grand Court Lakes declined to talk about the attack, and so did Clark-Morris’ family.
But Rodriguez had plenty to say to the judge.
During Rodriguez’s tirade, Butchko kept her head down and did not engage him. She continued the proceedings although he continued to threaten her life.
Rodriguez is being held in the Miami-Dade County Jail without bond.