Accused cop killer's outburst caps hearing

Accused cop killer's outburst caps hearing »Play Video
Christopher Monfort recites a quote from Thomas Paine as officers attempt to wheel him from the courtroom after Friday's hearing.
SEATTLE - An outburst by the man accused in last year's shooting of a Seattle police officer capped a short, two-minute status hearing Friday in King County Superior Court.

"Silence becomes its own kind of crime ... when it operates to cover or encourage the guilty. Thomas Paine said that," said the accused killer, Christopher Monfort, as he tried to prevent officers from removing him from the courtroom.

"Aaron Roberts dead. Richard Creach dead. Ethan Corporon dead," Monfort ranted as he clamped his hand on the wheel of his wheelchair, then railed against the "inactive, lame duck prosecutor."

Monfort apparently was referring to Aaron Roberts, who was shot dead by Seattle police, as well as Wayne Creach and Ethan Corporon, who were killed by Spokane police.

He also referred earlier in the hearing to Richard Sims, who was shot dead by Tacoma police.

Three officers finally were able to push Monfort from the courtroom in his wheelchair as he continued to speak out.

Monfort has been charged with first-degree aggravated murder in the shooting death of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton last Halloween as Brenton was seated in his patrol car.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has said will seek the death penalty against the accused cop killer.

In addition, Monfort is charged with first-degree arson in connection with the Oct. 22 fire-bombing of four Seattle police vehicles at a city maintenance yard.

Prosecutors allege Monfort was attempting to wage a one-man war against the Seattle Police Department.

Monfort was shot by officers during his arrest. He is now paralyzed below the waist and is confined to a wheelchair.