VIRGINIA (AP) -- Murder suspect Donald Blom left the courtroom during the third day of jury selection after complaining that the family of Katie Poirier was staring at him.
''He didn't want people looking at him,'' said Patrick Poirier, brother of the abducted teen-ager.
When court began around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blom smiled and waved at Patrick Poirier, and began complaining to his attorneys about being held in the St. Louis County Jail and not in Carlton County.
''I was staring at him and he stared back,'' Patrick Poirier said during a court recess, ''and then Blom smiled and waved. I kept staring because I didn't want him to think I was intimidated. Then all of a sudden he started saying to his attorneys that he didn't want people staring at him and he didn't want to be there.''
The courtroom was then cleared and Blom voluntarily left. He was being held in a holding cell in the courthouse basement.
''The guy's a coward and that's why he broke up,'' said Patrick Poirier.
''He went off the deep end,'' said Lloyd Simich, Katie Poirier's grandfather.
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