Attorney suffers medical condition during New Orleans murder trial

New Orleans, La. - Ambulances rushed to Orleans Criminal Court to treat an attorney from the district attorney's office who suffered a medical condition in a courtroom.

It happened this morning as the lawyer was sitting in the audience of the trial of murder victim Nia Robertson.

The trial resumed after a brief delay.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro is trying the case himself and gave the prosecutions' openings statements.

28-year old Nia Robertson was killed in August of 2007 when prosecutors say Eric Traczyk slit her throat as she sat chatting with friends inside of Pal's Bar in Mid-City.

Robertson died during emergency surgery.

Cannizzaro told the jurors Robertson was loved by many people and explained in graphic detail what he says Traczyk did.

In his opening statement he said, "the defendant after he does this most brutal act, turns and calmly walks out the door."

Traczyk is a former Army reservist with a history of psychiatric treatment.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.