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Sentencing Begins Monday For Brandon Daniel

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 12:13 PM CST
It’s judgment day for the man now convicted of killing an Austin police officer.

In just a few hours, the same jury that on Friday found Brandon Daniel guilty of murdering Sr. Ofc. Jaime Padron will decide his fate as the sentencing phase begins in the capital murder trial.

Death or life behind bars: that’s the decision the 12 men and women in this jury will have to make.

The defense is expected to call Daniel’s father and sister to the stand to speak on Daniel’s behalf. Padron’s family members are also expected to take the stand.

If the jurors decide Daniel should receive the death penalty, it would be the first death sentence for the killer of an APD officer since the murder of Ofc. Ralph Ablanedo in 1978.

Sgt. Matt Baldwin, a friend of the fallen officer and his family, tells KEYE Sr. Ofc. Padron’s family’s not saying what decision they want the jury to make, but they know the jury has a tough decision ahead.

"What a burden for this jury, very pleased for their service," said Sgt. Baldwin. "(The family) will be present for the second portion of this (trial). I'd just say that they're very pleased with the support of this community. They're pleased with the support of the Travis County DA's office, their friends, co-workers of Jaime's."

We’re told the sentencing phase may last anywhere from a couple of days to up to a week. It all begins at 9 a.m. Monday morning at the Travis County Courthouse.
Sentencing Begins Monday For Brandon Daniel

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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