Jury Sentences Convicted Texas Courthouse Gunman To Death

GALVESTON (May 7, 2013)—Bartholomew Granger, 42, was sentenced to death Tuesday for killing a 79-year-old woman outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont.

Jurors convicted Granger of capital murder last week in the death of Minnie Ray Sebolt.

They deliberated for a little less than two hours Tuesday before deciding to send him to death row.

Their other option was a life prison term with no chance of parole.

Granger admitted he opened fire on his daughter in March 2012 outside of the courthouse, but insisted he did not kill Sebolt.

Sebolt, of Deweyville, was accompanying a relative to the courthouse where Granger's daughter had testified against him in a sexual assault case.

Granger's daughter survived her wounds, but was in a coma for three months.

At least seven guards had to restrain Granger later Tuesday at he began yelling while the victim’s daughter addressed the court.

Sebolt's daughter, Deborah Ray Holst, was reading a statement when Granger yelled, "I'm sorry your mother is dead! I didn't kill your mother!"

The judge ordered him removed from the courtroom and gagged.

He was brought back with a cloth covering his mouth, but the outbursts continued and a bailiff used his hands to cover Granger's mouth.

At one point several guards were needed to subdue Granger.

The trial was moved to Galveston so jurors wouldn't have to walk past the scene of the shooting every day.

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