Suspect in Northern California deputies' deaths removed from court

Pauline Gross
January 18, 2018

Luis Bracamontes, 37, of Mexico allegedly and killed Sacramento-area sheriff's deputies in 2014 and admitted to the crime in several court appearances.

As the prosecution laid out the horrific details, Bracamontes continued to laugh-a mental state his lawyers asked the judge to re-evaluate.

"I wish I had killed more of the [expletive]", Luis Bracamontes told the jury during the beginning of the trial in Sacramento, California, on January 16.

Judge Steve White wasn't swayed by Bracamontes' rant, but he did issue a warning, saying, "You will not speak out".

At that point, the judge ordered jurors removed from the courtroom. "I will break out soon, and I will kill more", Luis Bracamontes unapologetically told a judge Tuesday. "He is not incompetent to stand trial", White declared.

It's the latest in a series of outbursts by Bracamontes, who could face the death penalty if convicted. His 41-year-old wife, who is an American citizen, is accused of assisting Bracamontes and faces life in prison. "Be silent!" the judge yelled back. "Please take me with you".

After he said he wished he'd killed more, Bracamontes added another shocking statement.

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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. Only jurors hearing Bracamontes' case were in court at the time of his comments.

His attorney, Jeffrey Barbour, is not trying to prove Bracamontes' innocence.

He's charged with killing both deputies, shooting a motorist in the head to steal his vehicle and wounding another Placer County deputy. "I love you, Janelle".

Bracamontes' eruption came 12 minutes into testimony by his brother, Hector Monroy Bracamontes, who was beginning to describe an incident before the October 2014 rampage when the defendant pointed a gun at his head and threatened to kill him.

Bracamontes was heavily shackled in court, while Monroy, who has mostly remained quiet, was wearing a gray and black dress without shackles or chains.

Janelle Monroy was also been charged, but claims she was victimized by her husband.

Because the slain deputies were from two different counties, prosecutors were chosen from each office to work together on the case.

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