Jury Returns Verdict In Texas Courthouse Shooting Trial

GALVESTON (April 30, 2013)—Bartholomew Granger, 42, of Houston was convicted of capital murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a 79-year-old woman outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont.

Minnie Ray Sebolt was killed in March 2012 as she accompanied a relative to the courthouse.

Granger admitted that he opened fire on his daughter outside the courthouse, but he insisted he did not kill Sebolt.

Jurors now must decide whether to sentence the former truck driver and rapper to death or to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Granger testified that he shot his daughter for testifying against him in a sexual assault case.

The trial was moved from Beaumont so jurors wouldn't have to walk by the scene of the shooting every day.