CLEVELAND — The father of one of three victims of an Ohio serial killer has leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence.
Van Terry is the father of victim Shirellda Terry. He was giving testimony Thursday about the loss of his daughter when he turned, paused and lunged toward Michael Madison.
Terry told Fox 8 that Madison had smiled at him, an act Terry thought was disrespectful.
"I was thinking how he mutilated my child, cut my child," he said. "You did all this while my child was still alive, so you caused my baby great pain. I don't know if I thought about leaping or what have you, I just know I wanted him."
Shirellda Helen Terry, 18, pictured in a family photograph. Photograph: AP pic.twitter.com/PVdkpwwKR5— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) July 26, 2013
Cuyahoga County courtroom deputies wrestled Van Terry as Madison and others scrambled to get out of the way.
The proceeding continued once Van Terry was taken from the courtroom. Madison didn't appear to be injured.
The outburst happened minutes after Judge Nancy McDonnell sentenced Madison to death for the 2013 killings.
The body of 18-year-old Shirellda Terry and two other victims were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where Madison lived.
With a file from Fox 8
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