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Trial for Accused Cop Killer Bracamontes Begins

19 Января 2018

The 37-year-old shamelessly looked Judge Steve White in the eye as he said: "I wish I could have killed more of those motherf***ers". "More f-- cops are gonna be killed soon".

The suspect, Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, who immigrated to the USA illegally, appeared in court heavily shackled. "If you do, you will be removed from the courtroom", the Sacramento Bee reported.

Early in the trial, Bracamontes' attorney Jeffrey Barbour said that his client would not be contesting numerous charges and would not be attempting to prove his innocence. White denied the motion. He then had the jury come back in and instructed them not to pay any attention to what had happened. They have tried, without success, to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

During opening statements, Bracamontes' attorney said the defense is not trying to prove his innocence. "He is not incompetent to stand trial".

He is on trial along with his wife, Janelle Monroy, 41.

In addition to killing both deputies, Bracamontes shot a motorist in the head to steal his vehicle and wounded another police officer before fleeing with his wife and an assault-style rifle in different cars.

Bracamontes is a Mexican citizen who has a long history of drug arrests and has been deported twice. President Trump has weighed in on the case, mentioning it during a speech to Congress a year ago and introducing the widow of one of the slain deputies. As he talked, Bracamontes grinned and, finally could not restrain himself.

"Cause he's stupid", Bracamontes said of Jeff Davis, another man he wounded in the 2014 incident.

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That drew a sharp rebuke from the judge: "Be silent".

Separate juries are hearing the cases against the couple. Monroy was allowed to sit wearing a gray and black dress without shackles or chains. Only jurors hearing Bracamontes' case were in court at the time of his comment.

Bracamontes, accused of killing two Sacramento-area deputies in 2014, erupted as his brother began testifying in the second day of his trial. One juror already had to be replaced after calling in and saying they needed surgery this week.

Instead, the defense argues that Bracamontes has mental health issues and deserves life in prison and not the death penalty.

He eventually crawled out of the house with a suicide note that asked God for forgiveness. "Please take me with you".

The Bracamontes jury is referred to as the "red jury", while the jury deciding Monroy's fate is referred to as the "green jury".

The preliminary courtroom appearances of Bracamontes, 36, formerly of Salt Lake City, have been dramatically punctuated by outbursts by the accused. He was later allowed to return to the courtroom.

Bracamontes appeared in handcuffs beside his attorney at the Sacramento County Superior Court, with two bailiffs directly behind him.

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Trial for Accused Cop Killer Bracamontes Begins