GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - 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.