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The Latest: Defense attorney admits client killed deputies

January 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the slaying of two Northern California sheriff’s deputies (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A defense attorney is admitting that his client killed two Northern California sheriff’s deputies in a daylong rampage as he fights to spare him from the death penalty.

Defense lawyer Jeffrey Barbour told jurors Tuesday that Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes shot Sacramento sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014. He later killed Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr.

The Sacramento Bee reports Barbour is asking jurors to consider evidence he’ll present that Bracamontes was high on methamphetamine and tried to kill himself before surrendering.

Bracamontes had repeated outbursts during the opening day of the trial, at one point saying he “will kill more.”

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12:09 p.m.

The suspect being tried in the slayings of two Northern California sheriff’s deputies called one slain officer’s partner a “coward” as his murder trial began.

Prosecutor Rod Norgaard was describing in his opening statement Tuesday how Deputy Scott Brown retreated under heavy fire that killed his partner, Sacramento sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes grinned, then called Brown a “coward” before he was admonished by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.

It’s the latest in a series of outbursts by Bracamontes, who could face the death penalty if convicted.

His wife, Janelle Monroy, is also charged in the slayings of Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr. during a daylong crime spree.

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