GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A Houston man convicted of capital murder for a slaying during a shooting spree outside a Texas courthouse called his case a “mockery of justice” and a “lynching” during a profanity-filled tirade that resulted in him being restrained and removed from court.
Bartholomew Granger was convicted last week in the death of 79-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt. She was shot to death outside the courthouse in Beaumont as Granger was trying to shoot his daughter, who had testified against him in a sex assault case.
While testifying Monday in the punishment phase of his trial in Galveston, Granger argued with the judge and prosecutor, saying he tried to shoot his daughter but he didn’t kill Sebolt.
As he was being taken away, Granger asked the prosecutor if he had upset him.