Convicted TX Courthouse Killer Erupts in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GALVESTON, Texas -- The start of the trial penalty phase for a Houston man found guilty of fatally shooting a 79-year-old bystander outside a Southeast Texas courthouse last March has been delayed by angry outbursts from the convicted killer.

Bartholomew Granger erupted in a Galveston courtroom Wednesday morning, screaming, "Where's the American justice for me!"

Granger was convicted Tuesday of capital murder. Evidence showed he opened fire on his daughter and her mother for testifying against him in a sexual assault trial. Minnie Ray Sebolt was caught in the gunfire and killed.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports Granger repeatedly used profanity in outbursts. He yelled his daughter "got what she deserved" and that she should be dead, "not the old lady."

Granger is facing the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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