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Accused Austin Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 11:17 AM CST

Brandon Daniel, the man accused of killing Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron in 2012, pleaded not guilty capital murder today in a pre-trial court hearing.

Daniel's lawyers were hoping for a plea deal of life without parole, but prosecutors refused that. They are seeking the death penalty.

This will likely be the last hearing before jury selection begins, which is scheduled for some time in early January.

On April 6, 2012, Officer Padron was responding to a disturbance call at a North Austin Walmart. Officials tell us he encountered Daniel, there was a struggle, and Padron was shot in the neck. He was able to radio for help before he died.

Daniel's mother, Mary O'Dell has said her son was depressed, and had been drinking the night before the shooting. His roommate told police he had been taking Xanax. He did not have a lengthy criminal record prior to the April 2012 shooting.

Officer Jaime Padron was the first officer shot and killed in the line of duty, since 1978, when Officer Ralph Ablanedo was shot and killed by David Lee Powell. Powell was executed in 2010.

You can read more details about Officer Padron's shooting, and other fallen police officers, in our special section in news features.

 

Accused Austin Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty


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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