Outburst as El Paso County death penalty trial begins

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - For the first time in 10 years, the death penalty is on the table for a defendant in El Paso County.

After two months of jury selection, opening statements began Monday in the trial of 46-year-old Glen Galloway.

Just before the defense's opening statements, Galloway was escorted out of the courtroom for his erratic behavior. During a closed hearing, he threw a laptop across the room, narrowly missing the court reporter.

Galloway returned fully restrained in double handcuffs to sit in for the trial.

In January 2016, Galloway was set to be sentenced for stalking and harassing his one-time love, Janice Nam. One day before the sentencing, the prosecution says Galloway cut off his ankle monitor and eventually stayed with acquaintance Marcus Anderson, both homeless at the time.

Roughly five months later, Anderson's body was found inside a storage unit near Nevada and Fillmore. Surveillance allegedly showed Anderson and Galloway driving into the storage facility together -- then only Galloway driving out.

The prosecution says Galloway drove Anderson's truck to 28-year-old Nam's home, smashed in her glass door with a hammer, and ruthlessly beat his ex before shooting her.

The entire act took just 40 seconds, court documents say.

Nam was found dead in her bedroom with her bedside drawer ajar -- the court documents say it appeared she died trying to reach for her gun.

Galloway turned himself in not long after Nam's body was discovered and handed over a gun that authorities say matched the shell casings left in Nam's room.

Prosecutors announced last year that they would be seeking the death penalty for the first time since the trial of Marco Lee, who ultimately pleaded guilty to the 2006 killing of Springs Officer Ken Jordan and attempted killings of officers Josh Hunter and John Garza.

Lee avoided the death penalty by accepting the plea deal and was sentenced to centuries in prison with no possibility of parole.

In the trial, 12 jurors and six alternates were selected for the trial from a pool of nearly 3,000 people.

During opening statements, prosecutors said the murders were cold-blooded, intentional and pre-meditated.

The defense said he was just acting in self-defense when he allegedly shot Anderson. They said he lost control of his mind, then went and shot his ex-girlfriend.

Following opening statements Monday, testimony began with Nam's sister. She discussed finding the body in Nam's home.

The trial is expected to last six weeks.