Murder suspect swears, struggles against deputies at arraignment

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — He said the allegations against him were false, asked to represent himself and told the court, “I’ll take 10 years today.”

Tyrell Cooper was fidgety and interrupted several times Wednesday afternoon as he was formally arraigned on charges including murder. When the hearing ended, his behavior became even worse.

First he told a deputy walking him out to take his hands off him, then swore and resisted, prompting multiple deputies to jump in and try to get him under control, the scuffle continuing into a back hallway as Cooper continued yelling.

The 42-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and burglary, among other offenses, in the March 3 killing of Harry Eugene Clark, 66. He’s being held without bail.

Cooper told police he entered a neighbor’s home and attacked Clark, believing he’d been belittling him, according to a court filing. He said he punched, bit and strangled Clark for “hours” inside the home on Clyde Street, north of East Brundage Lane and east of South King Street, the filing says.

Witnesses reported Cooper repeatedly pistol-whipped Clark and threatened to kill others in the home, according to the filing.

Cooper said he’d heard second-hand about remarks Clark made about him, the filing says, but also acknowledged sometimes hearing voices when no one was there. He’s due back in court March 25.

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