Trial begins in Texas courthouse shooting

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Houston man accused of killing a 79-year-old woman during a shooting spree outside a Southeast Texas courthouse has pleaded not guilty as his capital murder trial gets 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.

Lead prosecutor Ed Shettle in his opening statement told jurors in Galveston on Monday this isn't a case of mistaken identity since Granger was seen by law enforcement officers and others during the rampage.

Shettle says he wants jurors to be comfortable with a decision to send Granger to death row.

Authorities say Granger hoped to retaliate against his daughter for testifying against him in a sexual misconduct trial.

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