Texas gunman's rampage followed sex abuse claims

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By DANNY ROBBINS, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman police say went on a shooting spree outside a Texas courthouse this week had become increasingly frustrated by sexual misconduct charges his daughter lodged against him and two of his brothers.

His lawyer says he was so convinced of his innocence he rejected a plea deal that would have kept him out of prison.

Bartholomew Granger has been jailed since opening fire Wednesday outside a courthouse in Beaumont, where he was standing trial for aggravated sexual assault. He's now charged with killing a 79-year-old woman and wounding three others, including his 20-year-old daughter.

Records and interviews reveal the 41-year-old Granger and his brothers have been fighting the charges for nearly three years.

One of the brothers says Granger "finally snapped" under the weight of the case.

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