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Jury To Consider Sentencing Brandon Daniel To Death

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

The defense had hoped the jury would convict Brandon Daniel on the lesser charge of murder but after deliberating for just over an hour jurors found Daniel guilty of the charge of capital murder.

Jaime Padron's family who often times had to leave the courtroom during difficult testimony was visibly relieved by the jury's verdict.

They could be seen hugging one another after the jury was dismissed. 

Daniel's father and sister on the other hand rushed out of the courtroom past news cameras declining any comment. A longtime friend of Padron described him as a great guy.

"You're going to make me start crying again. What a wonderful man and what a tragic event this was for a guy to be taken from us. There are so many of us who will miss him. So many of us at a loss without him," said Matt Baldwin.

The sentencing phase begins on Monday.

The same jury who convicted Daniel of capital murder will decide whether Daniel gets sentenced to death or serves life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Full video of defense closing arguments:

Full video of prosecution closing arguments:

By Alex Boyer

Jury To Consider Sentencing Brandon Daniel To Death

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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