'I shot the b**ch' Witness describes Granger's phone call after courthouse shooting
Bartholomew Granger is facing capital murder charges after police say he shot and killed Minnie Ray Sebolt, 79, and injured four others including his daughter and her mother in a March 2012 shooting rampage at the Jefferson County courthouse.
Granger is also facing three other counts of attempted capital murder, four counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault.
RCI employee Kenneth Jagneaux testified Wednesday afternoon. RCI is a company located close to the courthouse where prosecutors say Granger ran after he fled the crime scene.
Jagneaux testified he was at work and heard commotion from the other room. He said he heard Granger speaking on a phone saying, 'I shot the bi***, she had it coming. I shot two other women.'
Jagneaux testified that during the same phone conversation, Granger said, 'My lawyer said I was about to go to jail as a child molester. I'd rather go to jail as a murderer than a child molester.'
Granger's daughter testified Wednesday morning.
"I froze. I fell. I tried to get up but my leg was too weak. I couldn't get up. I was looking up at the sky and I felt another shot," she said in her testimony.
Claudia Jackson also testified Wednesday. She is the mother of Granger's daughter. She provided a chilling recollection of the day of the shooting, saying she was walking through the parking lot and toward the courthouse when the shooting happened. This is when she said she heard Samantha (Granger's daughter) saying 'no no no.' When Jackson turned, she saw Granger and started to run toward the courthouse and fell.
"The force of the bullet hit me in the buttocks and I believe that's what knocked me down," said Jackson on the stand.
12News spoke to a Texas City, TX resident who has been attending the trial. Lawrence Anderson says "It's a shut-close case. Everybody said he had the gun. People saw him shoot the gun. So, there's no way he can be found inncocent."
Ten witnesses took the stand Tuesday including Granger's wife.
Rebecca Granger did not look at Granger one time while on the stand. While out in the street the day of the shooting she said "I saw someone run into street. I looked over and I saw a gun and I saw Bartholomew." She said Bartholomew's daughter yelled "Oh, my God, Daddy!" She said she began running as he put his gun up to his shoulder. She ran to safety and says she did not know until everything was over, the status of her daughter.
Also on Tuesday, a friend of Sebolt's took the stand. Vickie Hollingsworth testified that her and Sebolt were going to the courthouse that day to see about a loan.
Hollingsworth said when Sebolt was shot, she fell along with Sebolt and they were lying on the ground face to face. Hollingsworth stared Granger down when she walked off the witness stand.
Granger's mother is expected to attend part of the trial. His brother, Lyndon, is currently in jail on a $4 million bond in connection with the same sexual abuse case as Bartholomew. Judge Stevens was the judge overseeing that sexual abuse trial at the time of the courthouse shooting.
The prosecution is seeking the death penalty if Bartholomew Granger is found guilty. The defense asked jurors to consider life in prison if Granger is found guilty.
12News reporter Vanessa Holmes is covering the entire trial from Galveston. Stay with 12News for complete trial coverage.
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