VIDEO | Accused murderer Brice Rhodes calls attorney 'coward' in court
Rhodes, who is accused of murdering two teens, made the exclamation after his attorney withdrew from the case.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A fiery exchange of words took place in a Louisville courtroom Tuesday between the man charged with killing two teenage brothers and the attorney who represented him.
Before the hearing started, attorney Brendan McLeod told the judge he was so angry, he would need to be separated from Brice Rhodes in court. McLeod tells WDRB he was speaking with Rhodes before court, explaining he would no longer represent him. He says everything was calm, and out of nowhere, Rhodes spit on him.
After Rhodes was led into the courtroom in his red jumpsuit marking his protective custody, McLeod let him know how he felt about being spit on moments before.
"Nice cheap shot!" McLeod said to Rhodes.
"You're a coward," Rhodes fired back.
"Nice cheap shot," McLeod said again.
"You're a coward and I'll see you when I get out!" Rhodes retorted.
It started after McLeod told the judge he needed to be removed from the case due to a conflict of interest. McLeod told WDRB he initially represented Rhodes because he knows his mother, but he later learned the two victims are the grandchildren of his good friend.
Rhodes is charged with the murders of 14-year-old Larry Ordway and his brother, 16-year-old Maurice Gordon. The two brothers were found stabbed to death behind an abandoned home earlier this month. Two juveniles are also charged in connection with the murders.
Rhodes told a judge he will find another attorney.
WDRB has learned from homicide detectives that the teens were killed at Rhodes' apartment on Hite Avenue in the Clifton neighborhood. Police say the bodies were taken from the murder scene and dumped behind the vacant home in the Shawnee neighborhood.
The funeral for the two brothers is Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Ratterman Family Funeral Home on Cane Run Road. McLeod says he attended the visitation for the teens.
Rhodes is being held on a $2 million bond.
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