WATCH: Murder Victim's Father Goes After Serial Killer in Court
By Associated Press
CLEVELAND — The father of a woman killed by a convicted sex offender dove across a courtroom table to attack him Thursday, shortly after a judge announced the defendant would be sentenced to death for killing three people and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.
Van Terry, the father of Shirellda Terry, had walked to the front of the courtroom to give a victim-impact statement and turned toward Michael Madison, who gave him a malicious smile. Terry lunged at Madison and was immediately swarmed by sheriff’s deputies as Madison and his attorneys scrambled to get out of the way.
Law enforcement officers dragged Terry out of the courtroom. It wasn’t immediately clear where they took him.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell declined to clear the courtroom, and after about a 15-minute delay, the hearing continued.
McDonnell accepted a jury’s recommendation that Madison, 38, receive the death penalty. She could have instead chosen to sentence Madison to life in prison without parole.