Beaumont courthouse shooting suspect goes on trial
The capital murder trial of a Houston man accused of killing a 79-year-old woman during a shooting spree outside a Southeast Texas courthouse is getting fully underway.
Bartholomew Granger faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty if he's convicted in the March 2012 slaying of Minnie Ray Sebolt outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors delivered opening statements Monday in Galveston. The trial was moved to Galveston so jurors wouldn't have to pass the crime scene each day. Galveston is about 100 miles southwest of Beaumont.
Prosecutors said Granger planned the attack and waited for his wife and daughter to come out of the courthouse. After the shooting, Granger ran across the street, got in his pickup truck and ran over his daughter, investigators said.
Three others, including Granger's ex-wife and daughter, were wounded in the rampage. Authorities said Granger hoped to retaliate against his daughter for testifying against him in a sexual misconduct trial.
Granger's attorney's assistant in the sexual assault case took the stand on Monday. She said the day before the shooting Granger called her, crying and upset, claiming that his ex-wife and daughter were lying on the stand. He wanted a change of venue and new judge, she said. She testified that Granger told her "I'll handle it," toward the end of the conversation.
Fourteen jurors, including two alternates, were selected over the past two weeks.
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