CLEVELAND, OH (CNN) – A major eruption in a Cuyahoga County courtroom Thursday afternoon. After a judge sentence serial killer Michael Madison to die, family members were allowed to address the court and killer.
The father of victim Shirellda Terry said, “I know I’m supposed to forgive you.” He suddenly turned and jumped over the defense table and tried to grab Madison. Chaos erupted in the courtroom and many people were in tears.
The courtroom is in a short recess.
Madison was convicted last month of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.
The Cuyahoga County judge agreed with a jury who thought he should die by lethal injection.
Madison’s attorneys argued that he shouldn’t get a death sentence because of psychological damage caused by child abuse.
He was found guilty of killing 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry. Their bodies were found in July 2013 near the East Cleveland apartment building where Madison lived.