In Cleveland yesterday at Michael Madison’s sentencing for a triple murder, Van Terry lunged at his daughter’s killer. The only surprise here is that this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often. It’s always amazed me that murder trials, as far as the public knows, are generally calm and dispassionate. Sitting quietly for hours or months while the killer of your loved one sits just a few feet away strikes me as almost humanly impossible. In this case, while Terry was delivering his victim impact statement, he turned and looked at Madison. When the killer grinned back, the distraught father finally cracked.
Madison was sentenced to death. Reportedly the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office will review the incident and decide whether to charge Terry with a crime. Looks to me like an easy call.