MIAMI -

One day after Michel Escoto was held in contempt of court for threatening a witness in his murder trial, the judge warned the self-representing defendant that she would replace him if he had another outburst.

"This is not a circus and it's not a show," Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez said Friday. "It's an emotional circumstance. It's serious. … This is a murder trial. But we're not going to make it a comedy or a show. I'm not going to allow that."

Assistant state attorney Gail Levine said Tinkler's warning wasn't enough.

"That's not enough for me to feel safe," Levine told Mendez. "It is not enough for my partner to feel safe."

Levine called Escoto a "time bomb waiting to explode."

"He is passive-aggressive with this court, which is extremely dangerous," Levine said.

Escoto, who is accused of killing his wife less than a week after they were married, was held in contempt Thursday after he threatened the civil attorney representing the family of his dead wife, Wendy Trapaga.

Because he is representing himself, Escoto returned to court Friday.

Just as he has attempted to defend himself throughout his trial, Escoto tried to defend his actions, telling the judge that Jorge Borron's statement was "insulting."

"Because I do have feelings, judge," Escoto said.

Prosecutor calls Michel Escoto 'time bomb'

LIVE, THE ONE AND ONLY LOCAL 10 NEWS STARTS RIGHT NOW. AND RIGHT NOW AT NOON, A MAN ON TRIAL FOR THE MURDER OF HIS NEW WIFE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT. ESCOTO FACED A JUDGE AGAINST FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HE HAD AN OUTBURST ON THURSDAY. HE IS DEFENDING HIMSELF IN HIS OWN MURDER TRIAL. NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT HIS COURTROOM BEHAVIOR HAS BEEN CALLED INTO QUESTION. BEFORE THINGS GOT GOING TODAY, THERE WERE EVEN MORE FIREWORKS. LOCAL 10'S JOHN TURCHIN IS OUTSIDE THE COURT ROOM WITH MORE. THE JUDGE WAS EXTREMELY CONCERNED WITH HOW ESCOTO CONDUCTED HIMSELF, SPECIFICALLY HOW HE VERBALLY ATTACKED ONE OF THE WITNESSES AND THAT WAS REAL SORE POINT FOR HIM AND SHE GAVE HIM A WARNING. SHE SAID IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN SHE IS DONE AND WILL REPLACE HIM, PUT AN ATTORNEY NEXT TO HIM AND HE WILL TAKE OVER FROM THERE, A AND IS WHEN THINGS GOT HEATED. IT IT IS AN EMOTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE. THAT IS WHAT IT IS. BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT A COMEDY OF A SHOW. I AM NOT GOING TO ALLOW IT. Reporter: MICHELLE ESCOTO THE RECIPIENT WARNING HIM THAT EVEN ONE MORE OUTBURST AND HE WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO REPRESENT HIMSELF. THAT IS ENOUGH FOR ME -- NOT ENOUGH FOR MY PARTNER TO FEEL SAFE. Reporter: PROSECUTOR GAIL LEVINE WANTED PROTECTION CALLING ESCOTO A LOOSE CANNON. THIS DEFENDANT IS A TIME BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE. HE IS PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE WITH THIS COURT, WHICH IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. IT WAS VERY INSULTING, BECAUSE I DO HAVE FEELINGS, JUDGE. A SAFETY CONCERN OR A RISK TO ANYONE, I AM GOING TO -- I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SEE -- AT THE VERY LEAST LEVINE WANTED THE CONFIGURATION OF THE ROOM CHANGED SO SHE WASN'T PINNED AGAINST THE WALL AND WANTED A PROTECTION, A POLICE OFFICER AND A BAILIFF NEXT TO HER. THE JUDGE AGREED. EVERYONE SWAPPING SPOTS, BUT NOT BEFORE LEVINE HAD ONE MORE THING TO SAY. IT DOESN'T GET WORSE THAN THAT UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT. I AM NOT WILLING TO DO THAT. I AM NOT WILLING TO DO IT. I HAVE SEEN IT DONE BEFORE. I HAVE SEEN ALL KINDS OF THINGS. I AM NOT INTERESTED. Reporter: WELL, IN THE END, EVERYTHING GOT BACK TO NORMAL. THINGS ARE PEACEFUL IN THE COURT RIGHT NOW AND THE MAN, THE WITNESS, WHO ESCOTO GOT INTO IT YESTERDAY, WELL, HE IS BACK ON THE STAND AND ESCOTO QUESTIONING HIM RIGHT NOW. MORE AT 4:00 ON LOCAL 10.

Levine said she "might not be able to proceed" and asked that the configuration of the courtroom be changed so she wasn't pinned against the wall. She also wanted a deputy and bailiff next to her, saying she's seen tables toppled and feces thrown before.

Mendez recognized Levine's concern and granted her request.

"It doesn't get worse than that until someone gets hurt," Levine said. "I'm not willing to do that."

Escoto said he thought the jury should be made aware of the fact that Levine was "afraid" of him. But Levine quickly corrected him.

"No, no, no, no, no, no," Levine interrupted. "Don't mis-characterize my statement, Mr. Escoto."

Mendez told Escoto she would not highlight that because she didn't think it caused any noticeable impact.

"Let me be very, very clear," Levine said. "I'm not afraid of him. I'm afraid of the havoc that he wreaks. That's what I'm afraid of."