During a court appearance in northern California, Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes -- a Mexican national -- shouted profanities and threats in English and Spanish moments after the second day of his trial began. Bracamontes said he wishes he "had killed more of the mother--s." Grinning in a Sacramento County Superior Courtroom, Bracamontes said, "I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me."

He told jurors as they were escorted from the courtroom, "I'm going to kill one of you [expletive]." 
Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Monroy, 41, each face separate juries on charges of killing Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County sheriff's Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in 2014. The deputies’ deaths came after a daylong violent spee that began at a motel in Sacramento and ended in a shootout about 30 miles away. Bracamontes, who had been deported multiple times and re-entered the United States, shot Oliver in the head when the officer asked for identification. Bracamontes fled, only to kill another deputy.

On Tuesday, Bracamontes admitted to killing the deputies even though he had entered a not-guilty plea. In addition, he also reportedly said that he wanted to have killed even more officers. Smiling and laughing, Bracamontes said, "I killed [expletive] cops. They're [expletive] dead. I don't [expletive] regret that." While cameras rolled, he warned the courtroom, "I will break out soon and I will kill more."

Because of his frequent outbursts, Bracamontes’ public defenders renewed a request to allow him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Public defender Norm Dawson told the court that Bracamontes believes he cannot physically be killed and thus continued his outbursts. The defense told the jury that its client is responsible for both deputies’ deaths but also claimed he was using a methamphetamine at the time and could not distinguish right from wrong. On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Steve White denied the request and ordered the 37-year-old Bracamontes to be removed from the courtroom. He was later allowed to return.

If convicted, Bracamontes could face the death penalty. His wife is facing life in prison. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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