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Prosecutor to Granger: You're a murderer and a son of a b*tch

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GALVESTON -

The second week of testimony in the trial of accused Jefferson County Courthouse Shooter Bartholomew Granger began this morning at the Galveston County Courthouse with the defendant taking the stand and heated words between defendant and prosecutors.

Defense attorney's did not give an opening statement.

Granger, 42, waved his Fifth Amendment right not to testify and took the stand as the first witness called by the defense.  The move was unexpected.

"It was like being in cruise control.  I was participating, but not in control," said Granger.

Prosecutor Ed Shettle became visibly upset at Granger.

"You're a murderer and a son of a b*tch," said Shettle.

The judge asked that type of language not be used in the courtroom.

Granger responded by blasting the mother of his own daughter.  He also had harsh words about Jefferson County.

"Claudia is a manipulator and a liar.  I don't know what's worse, Claudia or your county," said Granger.

Granger met Claudia Jackson, the mother of his children, when he had just turned 18 and she was 15.  The two had two children together.

It is not known what other witnesses the defense may call.  The defense is not required to release a witness list. 

Both sides are expected to wrap up their case this week.

If Granger is convicted, he faces life in prison or the death penalty.

Granger is charged in the March 2012 shooting outside the Jefferson County Courthouse which killed Minnie Seabolt of Deweyville, injured Granger's own daughter and her mother, and one other person.

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