A man charged with killing two sheriff’s deputies in Northern California stunned a courtroom Wednesday morning with a dramatic outburst.
"I did kill those cops. You can execute me whenever you're ready," Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes said at the end of a hearing in Sacramento County Superior Court, the Associated Press reported.
During a break, he told his lawyers he wanted to plead guilty, the AP reports, but they told him he could not. His attorneys blamed the outburst on anxiety.
Bracamontes faces two counts of murder in the deaths of Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Oliver and Placer County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis. He is also charged with three counts of attempted murder, including shooting a motorist he allegedly carjacked.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bracamontes, who is accused of killing the deputies during a six-hour shooting rampage in October. His wife, Janelle Monroy, faces lesser charges, including being an accessory. She is not facing the death penalty.
Bracamontes and his wife were on the run from law enforcement after they shot Oliver in a hotel parking lot on Oct. 24, authorities said.
The couple tried to carjack a motorist, who refused to turn over his keys and was shot in the head, authorities said. They allegedly stole another car and drove to Auburn, where they were confronted by Davis and his partner.
Bracamontes shot Davis, who later died, authorities said.
The couple stole a Placer County sheriff’s vehicle and shotgun, prosecutors said. Bracamontes was later arrested in a residence while his wife was inside the car.
Bracamontes’ public defenders did not immediately return a request for comment.
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