A judge was forced to delay the sentencing for a 31-year-old man who poisoned his former girlfriend with cyanide was postponed.
Joseph Merlino III was reclined in a gurney-like wheelchair, covered in a blanket, and rocking from side to side.
But he was unresponsive when he arrived in the wheelchair for the hearing on Wednesday and was rocking from side to side, prompting Judge Les Lilley to delay his sentencing until Monday.
A jail doctor said Merlino might be suffering from a mental condition caused by stress, the Virginia Pilot reported.
Merlino was said to have started showing signs that he was sick around 8am, a jail deputy told WTRK.
'This came out of nowhere,' Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mario Lorello said. 'We didn't find out about it until this morning.'