“He was crying, and when it came out, he caught in his hand and just held it there,” said defense attorney Eileen J. Hurley, “It was a shocking event to witness.”

“Two jurors visibly gasped and jumped up like they were getting out of their seats,” Hurley said.

“The judge had to call recess and let everyone take a breath,” Gilson added.

Hurley said after the recess, she felt the trial couldn’t go on because the event could generate extra sympathy for Huttick, prejudicing the jury against Brunelli.