Luis Enriquez Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has been deported multiple times due to multiple drug charges, giggled in a California courtroom Tuesday as he boasted about killing Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in 2014.
“I don’t regret that s**t. Only thing that I f***ing regret is that I just killed two. I wish I had killed more of the motherf***ers,” he said to the jury, grinning.
“I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever f***ing gets in front of me … There’s no need for a f***ing trial,” he added.
Bracamontes also called one of the slain officers’ partner a coward for having avoided gunfire. He smiled and laughed while the prosecutor described the October 2014 crime spree.
The daylong rampage snaked through the Sacramento area. During the spree, Bracamontes, 37, and his wife, Janelle Monroy, 41, carjacked several people, then hid out at a Motel 6. Officers Oliver and Davis approached the car, which they deemed suspicious.
Susan Oliver, widow of Deputy Danny Oliver, described the event: “My husband and father of two approached a car on his beat. This time it was the last time. The last thing my husband attempted to do… was to ask the man inside the car how his day was going, but he never made it to the driver’s window. At about 10:30 a.m., that man was in the country illegally and armed with numerous illegal weapons. . . . I can honestly say not a day goes by that this has not affected me.”
Armed with an 9 mm handgun, Bracamontes shot Oliver in the head, killing him instantly.
Bracamontes’ wife has also been charged with the murders, but maintains that she was victimized by Bracamontes’ violent, drug-fueled abuse. Monroy is an American citizen.
Bracamontes’ attorneys struggled to control Bracamontes.
“Let me be clear and up front,” public defender Jeffrey Barbour said to the jury. “Mr. Bracamontes is responsible for the death of Deputy Danny Oliver and Detective Michael Davis. He shot them both.”
After asking the jury to leave momentarily, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White reprimanded Bracamontes.
“This is your trial, I want you to be present. But you will not disrupt this trial. You will not speak out. If you do, you will be removed from the courtroom.”
Barbour pointed to Bracamontes’ behavior as proof of mental instability.
“We believe these outbursts, and the inappropriate laughter, are part of the mental illness we talked about earlier,” Barbour said.
Bracamontes’ attorneys attempted once again to argue that Bracamontes was incompetent to stand trial, but the judge noted that the issue had already been decided in a previous hearing.
Detective Mike Davis was a homicide investigator and 15-year veteran of the department who was days away from his 43rd birthday. Davis’ father, Michael David Davis Sr., was also killed in the line of duty, 26 years earlier – to the day.
If convicted, Bracamontes could face the death penalty.