*On Thursday (06-02-16) a grieving father did what a lot of people said they would’ve done, too. Van Terry lunged for the throat of a smirking serial killer in a Cleveland courtroom.
Michael Madison, a convicted serial killer, had just received the death sentence when things went south in the courtroom.
Mr. Terry, the father of one of the victims, paused during his witness impact statement to glare at Madison sitting at the defense table. Then, without warning, Terry lunged across the table and briefly clutched Madison’s throat. (You can watch it below.)
Court officers reacted swiftly and caught Terry during his lunge. Other officers and family members restrained Terry, whose daughter Shirellda Terry, 18, was Madison’s final victim.
The still-smirking serial killer was removed from the courtroom as the victim’s family members shrieked and wept.
Madison, 38, is accused of killing three women in East Cleveland and dumping their bodies in garbage bags in the summer of 2013.
Police were led to the bodies after responding to reports of a foul odor coming from a garage leased by Madison.
A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor said the office will review the incident and decide whether to charge Van Terry with a crime.
Cleveland.com writes that Madison’s sentence was a moment of closure for the families and friends of his victims who watched and listened to the vivid details of Madison’s mutilation of the three young women whose bodies were found decomposing in trash bags around his apartment complex.
For nearly two months they watched as photos of the mangled and mutilated women’s bodies flashed onscreen before a jury of 12. They listened as police detectives and forensics experts described how they were choked, beaten and in at least one case raped.
The judge considered some mitigating factors that Madison’s defense attorneys, led by David Grant, raised at trial. Madison was abused throughout most of his childhood, he came from a home where “no one here would allow their child to spend a single night,” Grant said.
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