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Man convicted in courthouse slaying shouts that his daughter, not the victim, should be dead

Posted May 1, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Convicted Tuesday of capital murder over the death of a 79-year-old woman who was a bystander during Texas courthouse shooting spree last year directed at one or more witnesses in a sexual assault case, defendant Bartholomew Granger erupted Wednesday in court at the outset of the sentencing phase.

He angrily shouted: "Where's the American justice for me!" and said it was his daughter, who was wounded in the Jefferson County courthouse attack, who should be dead, rather than murder victim Minnie Ray Sebolt, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.

"The bitch got what she deserved," said Granger of his daughter during the Wednesday morning outburst. "She's the one who should be dead. Not the old lady, her!"

The sentencing was postponed after defense lawyers asked the Galveston judge who is overseeing the capital murder case to revisit the issue of Granger's competency.

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