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Defense presenting witnesses in punishment phase of Granger trial
GALVESTON - The state has rested in the sentencing phase of the Bartholomew Granger capital murder trial in Galveston.
KFDM reporter Megan Dillard is covering the trial. She'll have more at 5, 6 and 10.
Tuesday the jury convicted him of capital murder in the shooting death of 79-year-old Minnie Sebolt. She was killed on March 14, 2012 outside the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Granger shot three other people, including his daughter and her mother. Prosecutors say he was angry at them for testifying against him in his sexual assault trial, underway at the time. His daughter testified in the Galveston trial this week that Granger forced her to have sex with him and molested her for several years, beginning when she was about ten or 12.
This morning defense attorneys for the 42-year-old capital murderer called witnesses in an effort to persuade the jury to decide on a life sentence without the possibility of parole instead of the death penalty.
Defense attorneys called a doctor and a pastor who has visited with Granger dozens of times at the jail in Jefferson County. The defense is trying to show that Granger wouldn't be a continuing threat to society. The defense also called Granger's father and mother to testify.
When prosecutors cross-examined one defense witness Friday morning, an inmate, he testified that on at least one occasion Granger told him he had his daughter take a shower at his home and then molested her.