Luis Bracamontes, a 37-year-old from Mexico who has entered the United States illegally on multiple occasions, is now standing trial for the murders of Sacramento sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer sheriff's Deputy Michael Davis Jr., according to the Sacramento Bee.
The court had previously considered Bracamontes' sanity and ruled that he is competent for trial.
"I wish I had killed more of the [expletive]", Luis Bracamontes told the jury during the beginning of the trial in Sacramento, California, on January 16.
He then vowed: "I will break out soon, and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me". "There's no need for a f*****g trial".
Judge Steve White wasn't swayed by Bracamontes' rant, but he did issue a warning, saying, "You will not speak out". Bracamontes directed some of his cursing toward his brother on the stand as he was removed from the courtroom.
Early in the trial, Bracamontes' attorney Jeffrey Barbour said that his client would not be contesting numerous charges and would not be attempting to prove his innocence.
"Your motion is denied". They have tried, without success, to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
"We believe Mr. Bracamontes' outbursts, his laughter, are a function of his mental illness...", Barbour said.
Bracamontes, 37, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, is on trial along with his wife, Janelle Monroy, 41.
He admits killing two police officers, injuring another and shooting a bystander in the head in an attempt to steal his vehicle.
Bracamontes, who has a long history of arrests and has been deported from Arizona twice, faces the death penalty if found guilty.
President Donald Trump has weighed in on the case, mentioning it during a speech to Congress previous year and introducing the widow of one of the slain deputies. "The only thing I f***ing regret is I only killed two", he said during one of his outbursts.
A court spokesperson said today that proceedings are anticipated to last several months before the case reaches the jury for a decision.
Bracamontes has repeatedly proclaimed his guilt and has requested the death penalty at past court hearings, ABC News reported.
"Forgive me, God", the note read. "Please take me with you".
Barbour said Bracamontes wrote a suicide note before surrendering.
After a 15 minute recess, White allowed Bracamontes to remain in the courtroom after he was assured there would be no more outbursts.
In the Sacramento Superior Court on Tues. morning, the suspect's public defender, Jeffrey Barbour, said he didn't claim that Bracamontes was innocent.