- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death sentence of Bartholomew Granger, who was convicted of killing a 79-year-old woman outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont during a shooting tirade three years ago.

Minnie Ray Sebolt died in the revolving door entrance of the courthouse. Evidence showed she was caught in the gunfire as Granger took shots at his daughter for testifying against him in a sexual assault case. His daughter was among three women wounded in the ambush attack that also killed Sebolt.

Granger’s appeal unsuccessfully contended seven errors occurred at his trial, including arguments the indictment, conviction and sentence were invalid and improper, evidence was insufficient, prosecution closing arguments were faulty and that the prosecutor unfairly used an a profanity toward him during cross-examination.


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