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Daniel: 'Can I Get Lethal Injection?'

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 12:14 PM CST

***The attached video's audio is muffled and difficult to hear. Portions of the audio have been captioned.*** 

The man accused of killing an Austin police officer in 2012 said in the back of the patrol car, "At least I get free food and don't have to work again."

This is second day of the capital murder trial of Brandon Daniel. He is charged in the murder of Officer Jaime Padron in April 2012. Padron was shot trying to subdue Daniel at a North Austin Walmart.

The prosecution showed video recorded while Daniel was in the backseat of the patrol car after he was arrested (attached above).

The prosecutor highlighted several statements from Daniel:

-- "Can I get the lethal injection? Is that possible?"

-- "I'll blast one of you guys," referring to two officers in the car.

-- "You are p*ssed caused I capped one your other friends?" Then he said, "I'm glad he's dead."

Padron's family left the courtroom while the dash camera video was played. Daniel's sister cried as she watched it.

Watch the trial live at or on KEYE TV's news app.

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Daniel: 'Can I Get Lethal Injection?'

Fallen Austin Officers

Amy Donovan

Amy Donovan, 37, Oct. 31, 2004
Officer Donovan was chasing a suspect on foot in East Austin. Her partner put the patrol car in reverse and tried to block the man's escape route. During the chase, the patrol car struck Donovan and pinned her next to a utility pole. Donovan had been a police officer for five months. She was survived by a husband and four children.

Clinton Hunter

Clinton Hunter, 22, Nov. 29, 2001
Officer Hunter was on the I-35 access road near Onion Creek waiting to deploy a stinger, a device used to puncture and flatten tires, to stop car during a chase. The car hit and killed Hunter. He had been an officer for 14 months. Hunter is survived by a wife and two children.

Drew Alan Bolin

Drew Alan Bolin, 25, June 2, 1995
Officer Bolin was directing traffic at an accident site on I-35 when a drunk driver hit and killed him. Bolin had been an officer for five months. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.

Robert Martinez Jr.

Robert Martinez Jr., 26, February 25, 1989
Officer Robert Martinez Jr. died when his patrol car struck a tree. Martinez, who was en route to assist another officer, swerved to avoid a pick up truck that had pulled into his path.

Lee Smith

Lee Smith, 28, December 15, 1979
Officer Smith was chasing a suspect on MoPac when he lost control of his motorcycle. He died from his injuries several months later.

Ralph A. Ablanedo

Ralph A. Ablanedo, 26, May 18, 1978
Officer Ablanedo was shot to death during a traffic stop. The passenger in the car, David Lee Powell, had a warrant for his arrest. He shot Ablanedo with an AK-47. Powell was executed for the murder in 2010.

Read the entire list here.


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