Luis Bracamontes, 37, is an illegal Mexican who has been deported twice before, and is an alleged member of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. On Tuesday, he appeared in court for the murders of two California Deputies that occurred in October, 2014. He is also known as Marcelo Marquez. He apparently thought the whole proceeding was funny.
His own defense attorneys stated that he’s guilty of the murders, but they believe he is insane. He has been examined by mental health officials previously. They found him competent to stand trial, even though he “does have a mental disorder.” He believes he is “invincible.” The defense asked the judge to set aside that determination, but the motion was denied.
According to the Sacramento Bee, as the prosecutor issued his opening statement describing the six hour crime spree in which the two officers were murdered, Bracamonte interrupted.
“I wish I had killed more of the mother——-…
I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me … There’s no need for a f—— trial.” Bracamontes said in court as he smiled and laughed.
The judge temporarily removed the jury from the courtroom and admonished Bracamontes not to disrupt the trial.
“You will not disrupt this trial, you will not speak out. If you do, you will be removed from the courtroom.” Judge Steve White
Bracamontes is accused of murdering Sacramento Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Deputy Michael Davis in a crime spree which included wounding another officer, Jeff Davis, a car owner, and ingesting copious amounts of Methamphetamine and Marijuana. Defense attorneys are hoping the ingestion of the drugs will help their client in the penalty phase.
Will his outbursts in court help the prosecution or the defense? It is California, after all.
Bracamontes is not the only one on trial. His wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, is charged as his accomplice in the carjacking, and attempted murder. She is being tried under a separate jury. The Defense attorneys are portraying her as the victim of a crazy person, someone who was afraid of him. The prosecution says that she was in on it “all along.”
Deportation in which a suspect just ends up back in the country again is a travesty that costs the lives, not only of law enforcement, but of U.S. citizens. If Bracamontes is convicted, he could face the death penalty. Of course, he believes he is invincible.