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California Murder Suspect Confesses in Court: "I Killed Them Cops"

February 04, 2015  | 

Accused cop-killer Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes bounced into a Sacramento, Calif., courtroom Wednesday and appeared almost jocular as he smiled at the media and greeted them with a “How you guys doing?”

Clearly animated, Bracamontes took his seat at the defense table for what was supposed to be a brief and routine case status conference. But when it was over, Bracamontes stripped all pretense of the ordinary away from the proceeding when he blurted out in court that he killed Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dep. Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Dep. Michael Davis Jr. and that he is ready to be put to death.

“I killed them cops,” Bracamontes said, as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White stepped down from the bench. “I did it … I’m guilty … I want a date of execution.”

Assistant Public Defenders Norman Dawson and Jeff Barbour tried to hush their client, but Bracamontes insisted on making his point within earshot of an estimated 25 to 30 people who remained in the courtroom in the moments after the official portion of the hearing concluded, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Bracamontes, 34, faces the death penalty in the fatal Oct. 24 shootings of Oliver, 47, behind a since-leveled Motel 6 on Arden Way, and Davis, 42, on the side of Riverview Drive in Auburn. Bracamontes’ wife and co-defendant Janelle Monroy, 38, also is accused of murder. She also attended Wednesday’s hearing but remained silent.

If it seems that Bracamontes’ remarks made it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction, defense attorneys offered a reminder that in the elongated world of complicated murder proceedings, this case is still just beginning. A legal expert also said the remarks turned everyone in the courtroom into potential witnesses and also may have strengthened the expected defense effort to have the case moved out of Sacramento.

Sacramento County Chief Assistant Deputy District Attorney Rod Norgaard and Placer County Deputy District Attorney David Tellman, the co-prosecutor, did not comment on Bracamontes’ outburst.

The prosecutors, however, walked out of the courtroom knowing their case had been bolstered with about two dozen more witnesses who heard all or part of an accused killer’s statement that he committed the crime.


Comments (12)

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kevCopAz @ 2/5/2015 2:41 PM

This is when the system becomes ridicules and feeds upon itself. He has confessed in open court, unless he is legally insane, he should get his wish, be found guilty (he pled guilty) and set a date for execution. This wont happen since the layers want their $ and the libs who thin k they know better than anyone else will push it to trail and even if convicted will force years of review and appeals. How ridicules is that, how crazy and a waste of everyones time, tax dollars and just plain injustice for the citizens and the victims as well as their families.

Tim @ 2/5/2015 2:51 PM

Boy, that was easy...I bet he's doing it to remain in prison for life and not general population? Heck three hots and a cot. Richard Ramirez died in prison before he was executed. I mean, according to Forbes Magazine: it costs $137 million for a person to be on death row compared to the cost of lifetime incarceration of $11.5 million -

Ron Martinelli @ 2/5/2015 3:18 PM

Well, I sure hope all of the Homicide Unit detectives and DA investigators immediately barred the doors, got out their FI cards and started taking names and contact information from the 20-30 wits who heard him confess. Unfortunately, it looks good for a change of venue after that. Hope not to the "People's Republic of Berkeley or San Francisco." Been screwed there before in prior cop killings.

BT @ 2/5/2015 4:49 PM

Probably a POS gang banger. Not so quick pal. You gotta learn what it's like as a minnow
in a prison full of piranha's for a few years before you get the lethal needle.

BT @ 2/5/2015 7:31 PM

You are apparently blocking me. I have no idea why. I am retired from the Wis. State Patrol after 35 years, and have been a lifetime subscriber to Police Mag. I have sent several comments in on different articles and have not seen a single one printed. What's going on? Several weeks ago I asked you to block a person who was antagonizing the L.E. people with his comments. You blocked him out, justifiably, but me too? What's going on?

Justice101 @ 2/5/2015 7:31 PM

Why burden the new witnesses. Give the man his wish. Tomorrow's a good day!

Morning Eagle @ 2/6/2015 3:11 AM

In this case the court should grant his request and have him executed post haste. But his defense attorneys will drag out the trial and appeals if convicted as long as possible, that way they make more money. ..."the elongated world of complicated murder proceedings ..." Just what is "complicated" about a guilty plea and demand for execution? The only complication is in the mind(s) of defense attorneys.

fry them @ 2/6/2015 4:48 AM

Why do we insist on prolonging the inevitable by having a protracted trial...He admitted it so trial over and put him on death row. Why waste the taxpayers money???

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/6/2015 6:22 AM

He should get his wish to be executed.

gawoods @ 2/6/2015 7:28 AM

He should be granted his wish right out front of the courthouse.

edward smart @ 2/10/2015 2:20 PM

Grant his request and give him a Firm date.

S.S. @ 2/12/2015 9:05 AM

Grant his wish PLEASE!!!

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