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Trial Starts Tuesday For Accused Austin Cop Killer

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 02:51 PM CST

The capital murder trial for the man accused of killing an Austin police officer in 2012 starts Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Brandon Daniel shot and killed Sr. Officer Jaime Padron during a struggle at a North Austin Walmart on April 6, 2012.

Padron had responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated man roaming around the store. He went inside, approached Daniel and was immediately engaged in a fight, investigators say. Daniel then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and shot Padron at point-blank in the neck area, police say.

Two Walmart employees tackled Daniel and held him until additional officers arrived at the scene. Padron died shortly afterward.

The Travis County District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty in this case.

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Trial Starts Tuesday For Accused Austin Cop Killer

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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