Pa. mistrial declared when prosthetic eye pops out

Posted at 10:08 PM, Feb 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-06 22:08:00-05

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia assault trial over a fight that cost a man his left eye has ended in a mistrial after his prosthetic eye popped out as he was testifying.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( says John Huttick was weeping on the witness stand Wednesday as he testified about the impact of losing his eye in the August 2011 fight in the parking lot of a bar called the New Princeton Tavern.

The $3,000 prosthetic blue eye suddenly popped out. Huttick caught it and cried out as two jurors gasped and started to rise.

Judge Robert Coleman granted a mistrial motion by defense attorney Eileen Hurley.

Huttick says he can't believe the eye "just came out."

The judge calls it an "unfortunate, unforeseen incident." He has scheduled a new trial next month.