Van Terry, whose 18-year-old daughter, Shirelda Terry, was murdered by Michael Madison had been speaking about his loss when he suddenly lunged at Madison after he was seen laughing as Cuyahoga County courtroom deputies wrestled the upset father away.
Footage of the dramatic confrontation showed panic break out in the courtroom as Terry leapt through the air to reach Madison in the dock.
Madison was convicted last month of murdering Ms Terry, Angela Deskins, 38, and Shetisha Sheeley, 28. Their bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags near Madison's East Cleveland home in 2013.
A cable television worker reported a putrid smell coming from a garage shared by Madison at the apartment building. Police found the decaying body of a woman wrapped in garbage bags that were sealed closed with tape.
The next day, more bodies were found in the basement of a vacant house and in the backyard of a home nearby.
Madison told police he strangled two of the women but could not remember killing the third.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell accepted a jury's recommendation that Madison receive the death penalty. She could have instead chosen to sentence Madison to life in prison without parole.
McDonnell said the horrific nature of Madison's crimes far outweighed evidence presented in efforts to spare him, including an abusive and chaotic childhood.