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Trial begins in fatal Texas courthouse shooting

Published On: Apr 21 2013 01:13:05 PM CDT
Texas News - Capitol flags
GALVESTON, Texas -

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Attorneys for a man facing a possible death sentence for a slaying outside a Southeast Texas courthouse say there's no question their client committed the killing.
    
But lawyer Sonny Cribbs says he hopes Bartholomew Granger won't wind up on death row for the shooting in March 2012 in Beaumont.
    
Opening statements are set for Monday in Granger's capital murder trial. Prosecutors say Granger was retaliating against his daughter and her mother for testifying against him in a sexual assault trial. But instead, prosecutors say he killed a 79-year-old woman caught in the crossfire.
    
The trial has been moved to Galveston, about 75 miles southwest of Beaumont, so jurors won't have to walk past the former crime scene each day.
    
If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole or death.