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James Calvert refusing to attend mediation in custody dispute

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Calvert refused to sign any paperwork and also refused to attend mediation later this month. Calvert refused to sign any paperwork and also refused to attend mediation later this month.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A man accused of murdering his wife and kidnapping their son is trying to bring his son back to East Texas. James Calvert was in court today for a custody hearing for his now five-year-old son. Calvert is accused of shooting his wife back in October 2012. He was later arrested in Louisiana, where he had fled with his son.

Calvert, his mother and her attorney attempted to reach an agreement for nearly two hours before today's custody hearing. Calvert refused to sign any paperwork and also refused to attend mediation later this month.

"I object that my attendance be in mediation," Calvert said.

Calvert told Judge Clark that he does not want the sheriff's office to be ordered to bring him to court.

"You want to stay in the jail in your cell or wherever they have you and not here?" Judge Clark said.

"Well, I don't want to be in jail but in the situation, and this is capital murder, I am the suspect and you are putting me in an environment where people can make up stuff about me and so forth and testify my criminal period," Calvert responded.

Calvert says going to mediation could be very dangerous for him.

He is continuing to represent himself in this case and says it has been more than 100 days since the last permanency hearing.

"There would be no point in mediation because we're still in dispute," Calvert said. "This is a termination proceeding in which the court has ordered a mediation without discussing it with the parties what they're actually suppose to be mediating on."

Judge Clark says if Calvert does not attend mediation there will be consequences.

Calvert says he would prefer an informal settlement.

A permanency hearing is scheduled for next month.

The children have been temporarily placed with their step-father in Houston.

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