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Interrogation Room Video Played During Daniel Trial

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

While sitting in the back of an Austin police cruiser, Daniel is caught on dash cam video saying "can I get the lethal injection? Is that possible?"

His chilling comments came minutes after he shot and killed senior police officer Jaime Padron in a Walmart off Parmer Lane and I-35.

During the second day of testimony homicide investigator Brett Bailey talked about the type of bullets fired from Daniel's .380 caliber handgun.

"Hollow points spread out and typically cause more damage," said Bailey.

The state claimed one of those hollow point bullets struck and killed Padron. It was found lodged in a styrofoam cooler covered in the officer's blood.

That testimony was too much for Padron's family to handle. One unidentified woman had to be helped out of the courtroom.

During a police interrogation held just two hours after the deadly encounter at APD headquarters, Daniel seemed to grasp the severity of his actions.

Homicide detective Heather Robinson asked Daniel what he thought should happen to him.

"Be put to death. I killed a cop," said Daniel.

Daniel told Robinson he bought the gun he used to kill Padron at a pawn shop in Colorado. He said he didn't intend to shoot Padron in the face, but added, "it was right there."

If convicted of capital murder Daniel could face the death penalty.

By Alex Boyer

Interrogation Room Video Played During Daniel Trial


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.


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