Father of slaying victim attacks Cleveland killer in court

Van Terry was testifying about the loss of his daughter when he turned, paused and lunged toward Michael Madison

The father of one of three victims of an Ohio serial killer leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence.
The father of one of three victims of an Ohio serial killer leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence (CNN Newsource).

Video courtesy of WOIO (CNN Newsource).

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) – The father of one of three victims of an Ohio serial killer leaped over a table to attack the defendant in court just minutes after the judge pronounced a death sentence.

Van Terry is the father of victim Shirellda Terry. He was giving testimony Thursday about the loss of his daughter when he turned, paused and lunged toward Michael Madison.

Cuyahoga County courtroom deputies wrestled Van Terry as Madison and others scrambled to get out of the way.

The proceeding continued once Van Terry was taken from the courtroom. Madison didn’t appear to be injured.

The outburst happened minutes after Judge Nancy McDonnell sentenced Madison to death for the 2013 killings.

The body of 18-year-old Shirellda Terry and two other victims were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where Madison lived.

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