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Convicted murderer booted from courtroom

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:27pm

A jury on Wednesday afternoon convicted Brian Engleton of murdering his estranged wife, Deidre, in June 2011.  He stabbed her as many as thirty times outside the beauty salon where she worked in northeast El Paso.

During the punishment phase that followed, El Paso police officers described their encounters with Engleton. One said that he helped obtain a restraining order against Engleton, forbidding him to see his wife or go to their home after a shaken Deidre Engleton said she was afraid her husband would harm her. Another officer said he had to go to her home in May 2011 when Engleton was there, violating the restraining order.

During the police testimony, Engleton spoke aloud in court, as he had on Monday. He told the judge that his lawyer, Frank Macias, "isn't representing me effectively," and that he, Engleton, wanted to question the officers. When he also spoke over Judge Maria Salas-Mendoza, she ordered bailiffs to remove him from the courtroom. He returned in shackles 20 minutes later as testimony continued.

The jury, however, has not reached a decision on Engleton's punishment. They will return on Thursday morning.


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