Suspect in Northern California deputies' deaths removed from court

Violet Powell
January 18, 2018

This photo released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department shows Deputy Danny Oliver who was one of two law enforcement officers shot and killed in two Northern California counties, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.

The judge threatened to have Bracamontes removed from the courtroom if the outbursts didn't stop.

Before having Bracamontes removed, the judge explained to him that he will be asked twice as day by deputies if he wants to come to court and if he will behave. "I will break out soon, and I will kill more", Luis Bracamontes unapologetically told a judge Tuesday. The two suspects in the case are Bracamontes, 37, a Mexican native was deported on numerous occasions before slipping back into the USA, and his American wife, Janelle Monroy 41, who faces life without parole.

Part of that evidence will include the fact that Bracamontes tested after his arrest for an "excessively high" amount of methamphetamine that may have made him paranoid and agitated, and that he wrote a suicide note in the house where he holed up before surrendering to authorities.

Barbour and Dawson then renewed their efforts, asking the judge if they could enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

"Forgive me, God", the note read. "Please take me with you".

"There was no need to prove all this s--", he told Judge Steve White. "I love you, Janelle". Public defender Norm Dawson told White that his client is continuing his outbursts because he believes he can not physically be killed.

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Both defendants were seated at a defense table facing one of the two juries in the case Tuesday, although there is a stark difference in how the two were being handled.

He's charged with killing both deputies, shooting a motorist in the head to steal his auto and wounding another Placer County deputy. Only jurors hearing Bracamontes' case were in court at the time of his outburst.

Bracamontes defense attorneys used his rant in court as a talking point, saying he is mentally unfit and cannot stand on trial.

Along with killing the two officers, prosecutors say that Bracamontes shot a motorist in the head, killing the driver, and wounded another officer in a violent rampage.

The prosecution will call its first witness, Bracamontes' brother, to the stand on Wednesday.

After a 15 minute recess, White allowed Bracamontes to remain in the courtroom after he was assured there would be no more outbursts.

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