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Woman charged with using bleach in D.C. courthouse attack

Washington Post Editors

A Northwest woman threw bleach in the face of an ex-boyfriend outside a courtroom at D.C. Superior Court, police said.

Diane J. Payne, 52, was charged with three counts including assault, threats and possessing a weapon after she was arrested for her alleged attack on Jerell Reddick, who was in court Wednesday for a traffic case.

Payne smuggled the bleach through security in a water bottle, according to court papers. While Reddick was standing outside Courtroom 115, the papers said, Payne threw the bleach in Reddick’s face before Reddick threw Payne against a wall.

An officer who was in the courthouse arrested Payne.

Reddick told police Payne left several voice mail messages threatening him if he did not return the keys to her car. In February, Reddick, 50, was arrested for operating an unregistered vehicle and driving without a license.

A hearing in the assault case was scheduled for May 26.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  | May 14, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Comments

If you hit someone with a tissue....then it can be called a weapon in a court of law.
I think its about time someone perused the laws and made them apply to common sense issues of moderninity.

Posted by: captgrumpy | May 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

War of the Roses! Love is a beautiful thing.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 15, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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