AJAs 2016 Finalists


Slug/Label Carvel Clayton
Date Aired or Published Nov. 14, 2016
Media outlet where first aired or published: Local Xpress
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Location: Halifax
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

It was a tense morning at the Halifax courthouse. On Nov. 14th Carvel Antonio Clayton was appearing on murder charges in the shooting death of Shakur Jefferies a couple days earlier. I've been to the courthouse many times under similar circumstances and while I've seen people yell at a suspect or weep loudly, I've never seen anyone try to attack a suspect until last November. I was camped outside the courtroom with other photographers and videographers as we waited for Clayton to be escorted of the courtroom All of a sudden, we heard a commotion inside the room and then a police officer came charging up the stairs toward the courtroom. As he opened the door a deputy and another man spilled out the door and onto the ground. A group of people were trying to attack Clayton as the deputies tried to take him out the door. It was a chaotic scene as more deputies rushed into the room while others raced Clayton down the stairs and back to the cells. It was all over quickly and I captured the commotion as it unfolded.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

We have limited resources at Local Xpress. I use my own camera gear and computer. We work scheduled shifts but often work outside of those hours to get the job done.

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