Kirsters Baish| An illegal immigrant from Mexico who was accused of murdering two police officers in cold blood had the audacity to laugh during his trial proceedings on Tuesday. Luis Bracamontes actually threatened to break out of prison as soon as he could in order to kill more officers.
The jury was informed by one of Bracamontes’ lawyers that he did in fact murder Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver as well as Placer Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in 2014. The Sacramento Bee reported that it all went down during Bracamontes’ daylong violent criminal spree.
Defense lawyer Jeffrey Barbour stated, “Let me be clear and up front. Mr. Bracamontes is responsible for the death of Deputy Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis.” He went on, “He shot them both.”
Barbour’s admitting that his client killed the officers came right after Bracamontes interrupted courtroom proceedings over and over again in order to disparage his victims.
Bracamontes was quoted saying to the jury, “I wish I had killed more of the motherf—ers. I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me…There’s no need for a f—ing trial.”
The outburst from Bracamontes caused Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White to remove the jury temporarily from the courtroom. He did this so that he could give Bracamontes a stern warning. He threatened to remove Bracamontes from the courtroom all together.
Barbour along with his partner Norm Dawson went on to ask Judge White if he would reconsider his previous finding in which he stated that Bracamontes was mentally competent to stand trial. This finding came after he was questioned and determined to be sane.
White’s response to Barbour? “Your motion is denied.” He then allowed the jury to reenter the courtroom and explained that they should ignore Bracamontes’ outbursts.
Dawson and Barbour continued on with their efforts and asked the judge if they were able to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
The judge wasn’t buying it. He reminded the defense lawyers that the issue had already been litigated in previous court hearings. He went on to explain that if Bracamontes decides not to help his lawyers, that’s his own choice. White finished off, “He is not incompetent to stand trial.”
Bracamontes has threatened to kill more police officers in the past as well. It was just last June that he stated that he would kill more of them if he “gets the chance.” He stated that he does not regret killing the cops that he did murder.
The 37-year-old may face the death penalty. His wife, 41-year-old Janelle Monroy faces life in prison if the two are convicted of the murders as well as wounding multiple other people.
Officer Davis’s widow and Officer Oliver’s widow were special guests at President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress in February of 2017. They sat alongside Melania Trump.