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Defense Lawyer Withdraws From Accused Austin Cop Killer's Case

Updated: Friday, January 18 2013, 10:25 AM CST

A Travis County judge approved a motion Monday that allows one of the defense attorneys of a man accused of killing an Austin police officer earlier this year to withdraw from the case.

Brandon Daniel is charged with capital murder in the death of Austin police officer Jaime Padron on April 6.  Police say Daniel shot Padron as they struggled at the Walmart off I-35 near Parmer Lane.

Last month Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said she would seek the death penalty in the case.

According to Bradley Urrutia, one of two attorneys representing Daniel, it is typical in a capital murder case for two attorneys to be assigned due to the workload. Urrutia was assigned along with attorney Bill White at the start of this case. But on Monday the judge heard and approved White's motion to withdraw.

KEYE TV could not reach White for a comment on why he withdrew.

The court immediately assigned a second attorney to replace him. Daniel was in the courtroom during the proceedings.

Read the progress of the case at Lawyer Withdraws From Accused Austin Cop Killer's Case

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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