Security has been tight during the first few days of this trial with six armed guards in the courtroom. Jurors may not know it, but Coy Evans tried to escape from jail soon after his arrest and he's wearing a special device in court to make sure he doesn't try again.
Coy Evans has been a model defendant in court, sitting quietly conferring with his attorneys, but hidden beneath his suit and tie is a secret weapon. Coy Evans is wearing a special brace on his leg designed to keep him from running.
The key to this brace is the mechanism behind the knee. It allows you to sit down, but the minute you stand up it locks into place and keeps you from running. The brace is known as the “Bundy Brace”, invented when Ted Bundy was in court here more than 20 years ago.
The judge demanded that Bundy be shackle-free in front of the jury, and the former sheriff says given Bundy's prior escapes, that was just not an option.
Ken Katsaris, former Leon County Sheriff, says, "It's been dubbed the ‘Bundy Brace’. I really don't like to ascribe his name to anything particularly, but it was used on him conceivably for the first time."
Art Golden was the chief jailer at the time when he and several other deputies helped design that knee-locking brace.
Art Golden, former Leon County Jail Director, says, "You can use it in the courtrooms and you can't tell that the guy's got it on unless he stands up and walks."
The "Bundy Brace" is still used in many courtrooms across the country. Coy Evans is wearing it during his trial, and by design all jurors may notice is a slight limp. Thus far there have been no security problems to report.
Jury selection has wrapped up for Tuesday; 58 prospective jurors will be back for further questioning Wednesday. If attorneys can agree on 12 and 2 alternates, testimony could begin Thursday or Friday.
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