Sophia Acosta murder suspect attacked outside court

FRESNO, Calif.

20-year-old Chris Cheary is facing charges of murder, sexual assault, and torture for the death of his girlfriend's daughter, Sophia Acosta, last month.

The Tulare County Sheriff's office says Cheary and three other inmates got into some sort of physical altercation Thursday morning.

They were being transported from the Visalia main jail to the courthouse at the time. Two deputies were injured in the scuffle, but not seriously. The inmates declined medical attention.

Thursday's court date was postponed after the disturbance. Cheary faces a possible death sentence if convicted. He's pleaded "not guilty".

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