So violent — but you can certainly understand why the poor father would react this way.
Van Terry leapt across a courtroom table in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday in an attempt to attack convicted murderer Michael Madison during a hearing for victim-impact statements.
Terry was about to deliver his statement at the time, after Madison was sentenced to death for the killings of Terry’s daughter Shirellda — who was just 18 at the time of her murder — as well as 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 38-year-old Angela Deskins — which all took place between October 2012 and July 2013.
As Terry made his way to the stand, Madison apparently smiled at him, which Terry took as a taunting gesture.
From there, the grieving father lunged.
As you can see in the video (below), Terry made it over the table and got to Madison before sheriff’s deputies in the courtroom quickly broke things up:
Terry was removed from the courtroom at that point, and a spokesman for the prosecutor indicated to the AP that the incident is currently being reviewed.
After a fifteen-minute delay, the victim-impact hearing continued without Terry’s statement.
Obviously it’s a serious no-no to do something like this, but how can you blame a father for being so unbelievably angry and hurt over his daughter’s death?
At least the convicted murderer will likely get what he deserves.
[Image via Associated Press/YouTube.]