Man Sentenced to Death in Texas Courthouse Killing

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GALVESTON, Texas -- A Houston man convicted of fatally shooting a 79-year-old woman outside a Southeast Texas courthouse last year has been sentenced to death.

Jurors who convicted 42-year-old Bartholomew Granger last week of capital murder in the death of Minnie Ray Sebolt deliberated for a little less than two hours Tuesday before deciding to send him to death row. Their other option was a life prison term with no chance of parole.

Granger admitted he opened fire on his daughter outside the courthouse in downtown Beaumont in March last year but insisted he did not kill Sebolt. She was a bystander walking outside the courthouse, where Granger's daughter had testified against him in a sexual assault case. Granger's daughter survived but was in a coma for three months.


GALVESTON, Texas -- A Houston man sentenced to death for a shooting spree outside a courthouse has been restrained by at least seven guards after he began yelling as the daughter of his victim was addressing the court.

A jury Tuesday issued 42-year-old Bartholomew Granger the death penalty for killing 79-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt outside the courthouse last year in downtown Beaumont. Sebolt's daughter, Deborah Ray Holst, was reading a statement later Tuesday when Granger yelled, "I'm sorry your mother is dead! I didn't kill your mother!"

The judge ordered he be taken from the courtroom and gagged. He was brought back with a cloth covering his mouth. But his outbursts continued and a bailiff used his hands to cover Granger's mouth. At one point several guards were needed to subdue him.