For the past several weeks crowds have been growing outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. Dozens of would-be courtroom observers have been lining up before daylight to jockey for one of the 58 seats available to watch Casey Anthony's first-degree murder trial.
The increasing tempo of testimony in the case caused tensions outside the courtroom steps to increase this morning, as a fight broke out between spectators waiting in line 14 hours for trial tickets for day 21 of the trial.
Anthony, 25, is accused of multiple charges, including capital murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement in the case of the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
According to WKMG-TV, a CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., the fight broke out at about around 5:45 a.m., when two men cut in line.
"[They] just cut in front of us," Jessie Dorris, 27, told Central Florida News 13.
The fight was stopped moments later by intervening spectators. Police questioned the parties involved but no arrests were made.
The fight was eerily reminiscent of protester fights that broke out in front of the Anthony family home during the summer of 2008, when Caylee was reported missing.
Court spokeswoman Karen Levey said officials are trying to come up with another solution for distributing the tickets, The Associated Press reported.