Granger sexual assault case declared mistrial; Daughter remains hospitalized

By Marilyn Tennissen | Apr 24, 2012


The man accused of fatally shooting one woman and wounding three others outside the Jefferson County Courthouse while he was on trial last month has had his case declared a mistrial.

Bartholomew Granger, 41, was in the midst of a trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Criminal District Judge John Stevens' court on March 14 when he allegedly left the courthouse and retrieved a gun from his truck in the parking lot.

Authorities say he then shot his daughter Samantha Jackson and his ex-wife, and ran over Samantha as he fled. Bystander 78-year-old Minnie Ray Sebolt was killed by gunfire and another person was injured. Granger was also shot in a gunfight with police and briefly held employees hostage at a nearby business before being apprehended.

His daughter sustained serious injuries and remains hospitalized.

On the day of the shooting, Granger was on trial for the aggravated sexual assault charges and his daughter and ex-wife were testifying against him. On April 20 Judge Stevens declared a mistrial in those proceedings.

Granger has been charged with one count of murder, three counts of attempted capital murder, four counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault. He remains behind bars at the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $4 million.

According to a statement from the family, Samantha Granger, who turned 22 on April 13, is now in stable condition.

"Sam is a fighter and has defied the odds," the April 14 statement says.

"She is alert and tries her best to communicate but still has a tube in her trachea and can't talk yet. Sam manages to keep smiling looks forward to participating in her church's praise team again."

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