There was tension in the New Jersey courtroom from the moment the double homicide defendants appeared. The two men are charged in connection with two bodies found burned inside the car of a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” (RHONJ) star.
Defendants Clarence Williams and Gerry Thomas appeared in court for a bail hearing, which the judge denied. Both are charged with the murders of 25-year-old Antonio Vega Jr. and 27-year-old Aaron Anderson.
They were both shot to death and left inside the 2015 Audi belonging to Kim DePaola, a reality TV star on RHONJ.
Thomas was being led out of the New Jersey courtroom in handcuffs. Suddenly, one of his female family members got into a heated exchange with Michelle Ryerson, mother of victim Aaron Anderson, NJ.com reported.
A shouting match followed, bringing everyone in the courtroom to their feet. As Thomas’ relative tried to leave the chaotic courtroom, someone threw a cellphone in her direction. This sent her back, ready for battle.
In video of the courtroom brawl, someone else is seen preparing to throw their shoe. NY Daily News reports:
After several minutes, officers were able to quell the crowd and separate the brawlers.
Thomas’ lawyer, Greg Aprile, demanded the names of the people involved in the fight, whom he said threatened Thomas’ relative. He also threatened to have them barred from future proceedings.
Ryerson can be heard telling the bailiff the other party sparked the ordeal — she was detained by sheriff’s officers and taken downstairs for questioning, NorthJersey.com reported.
Williams, 26, and Thomas, 28, were arrested Monday, several days after the charred remains of Anderson and Vega were discovered by firefighters on a street in Paterson.
The car, registered in DePaola’s name, was primarily driven by her son, Chris Camiscioli — a longtime friend of Anderson.
Ryerson said Camiscioli turned over the keys of the white Audi to her son after he dropped him off at the airport.
The pair of suspects both pleaded not guilty during their initial appearances Tuesday.