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October 28, 2010 -- Sheriff's bailiffs react to the courtroom outburst by a victim's family when a Polk County, Florida, judge declared a mistrial in the first-degree murder and death penalty trial of Leon Davis (He was convicted during a re-trial and the jury recommended death. The judge has not sentenced him as of April 2011.) As Richard Bustamante, the father of one of victims charged the defense table and the defendant, he was restrained and subdued by bailiffs Beverly McCall, left, and Tony Goss, center left. Ebelia Rodriguez, right, yells at the defendant after Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter declared a mistrial.  Bustamante, father of murder victim Yvonne Bustamante, jumped over benches in the back of the courtroom and rushed the defense table after the jury was cleared. Rodriguez threw her hand bag at the defendant. Davis was accused of fatally burning Yvonne Bustamante, Juanita "Jane" Luciano and her newborn son Michael Bustamante Jr. after an attempted robbery at a Lake Wales insurance office in December of 2007. Anticipating the mistrial ruling, photographer Michael Wilson placed himself in position to capture the reactions of the judge, the attorneys, the defendant and the victims' relatives in the back of the courtroom. Wilson, a staff photographer and videographer for The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida, was awarded the annual Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography from Ball State University's Department of Journalism's in April 2011. Costa was the leading crusader to allow photojournalists' cameras into the nation's courtrooms on an equal footing with reporters. Wilson was chosen for the award because of the quality of his work in continuing a visual reporting tradition. To be considered for the award, nominees' published work must have demonstrated impact, drama, emotional content, photographic composition and technical quality. Contact Carla Hotvedt at SILVER IMAGE® Photo Agency and Weddings at carla@silverimagephotoagency.com or 352.373-5771.
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