"I will say, knowing Mr. Williams due to my handling of his four cases, Mr. Williams was someone who liked to speak. To speak and interrupt. When lawyers were talking, witnesses were talking. More importantly when I was talking," Russo told WJW.
Russo said that Williams also spoke over his own attorney.
“Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter,” Russo said. “But we can’t do it at the same time or yelling over each other. My intent was never to silence Mr. Williams.
“I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time. More than not, he continued to speak over me and others in the courtroom.”
Russo added that it is legal for a sheriff's deputy to gag a defendant when they are in contempt of court.
Williams was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Williams' attorney had no comment, according to WJW.