A father who lunged at the man convicted of killing his daughter at a sentencing hearing in Ohio said it was a smile that prompted the attack.
“He looked at me and smiled,” Van Terry told KTLA sister WJW in Cleveland. “I thought that was so disrespectful.”
The dramatic moment when Terry suddenly lunged at convicted serial killer Michael Madison was captured on camera.
The father was among the family members who spoke Thursday after Madison was sentenced to death.
“I was thinking how he mutilated my child, cut my child,” he said. “You did all this while my child was still alive, so you caused my baby great pain. I don’t know if I thought about leaping or what have you, I just know I wanted him.”
Terry later told CNN in an interview that he “wanted to break his jaw and get that grin off his face.”
Madison was convicted last month by a jury in the killings of Shirellda Terry, Angela Deskins and Shetisha Sheely. Their bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in 2013.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office is weighing whether to file charges against Van Terry in connection with Thursday’s incident.
“I call it a father feeling his pain,” he told WJW of his actions in court. “And if I did get charged, I’m alright with that. Because I did what I felt was right.”