Beaumont shooting suspect's brother arrested in front of cameras

March 15, 2012 10:29:50 AM PDT
We are hearing from the family of the Houston man investigators say opened fire at a Beaumont courthouse, killing one woman and injuring two other women and a man.

Bartholomew Granger, the accused shooter, actually lives in northeast Houston. We learned his sexual assault trial in Jefferson County also involved his brother, who was arrested Wednesday night as our cameras were rolling.

"The father was upset and angry because he felt that there was no justice in this case," Quanell X said at the press conference Wednesday night.

But in the middle of that Quanell X news conference where he talked about Granger's frustrations, news broke right before our eyes.

"I didn't do anything," said Lyndon Granger, the accused shooter's brother.

Lyndon Granger was handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies made sure to do it themselves.

"He has a felony warrant on him so we had to execute that warrant," Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Major Bradford Lowe said.

"Does it have anything to do with the shooting today?" we asked.

"I don't know. I don't know that," he replied.

Lyndon Granger, who along with the accused shooter's son, stood next to Quanell X just moments earlier. He's charged with sexually assaulting the same girl for which his brother was on trial. Lyndon's been out on bond. Sources tell Eyewitness News the judge in the case issued a warrant Wednesday, in part, to protect the public going forward.

"If this is truly done for public safety, I can understand but this seems very suspicious to me," Quanell X said.

Both Lyndon and Bartholomew are charged in Jefferson County, but they are no strangers to law enforcement in Harris County.

We found in 2010 they sued the Houston Police Department in federal court claiming a long list of grievances including corruption discrimination, slander, as well as civil and constitutional violations.

The lawsuit was in response to the criminal investigations which they called an "unlawful witch hunt."

In fact, recently Bartholomew Granger was in the city's legal department, according to the mayor's office, giving a deposition related to the lawsuit.

It has since been dismissed. But the legal troubles for both brothers seem to be getting worse.

Lyndon Granger was taken downtown to stand before a magistrate on Wednesday night. He then was expected to go to Jefferson County Jail.

Neither he nor the accused shooter's 19-year-old son would answer any questions. Other family members with whom we spoke on Wednesday in Port Arthur wouldn't answer questions either.