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Daniel Found Guilty Of Capital Murder

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 12:13 PM CST

Brandon Daniel was found guilty Friday of capital murder for the killing of Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron.

It took a Travis County jury a little over an hour to reach the verdict.

Daniel shot and killed Officer Padron at a Walmart in North Austin in April 2012.

Daniel pleaded not guilty to murder but his lawyers never contested the fact that he pulled the trigger and fatally shot Padron through the throat when the officer tackled Daniel, who was suspected of shoplifting.

In surveillance and interrogation footage shown at the trial the former software developer freely admitted to killing Padron, a veteran officer and father of two young daughters.

With little doubt about his role in the shooting, his defense appeared to try to convince jurors that he had no clear understanding of his actions the night he killed Padron because of an addiction to Xanax.

The punishment phase begins Monday at 9 a.m. Daniel faces life in prison with no parole or death by lethal injection.

Full video of defense closing arguments:

Full video of prosecution closing arguments:

Daniel Found Guilty Of Capital Murder

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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