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Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 05:45 PM CST
Testimony began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing an Austin police officer in 2012.
Just before 2 a.m., security cameras showed Brandon Daniel arriving at the Walmart off Parmer Lane and I-35.
Over the next twenty-six minutes Daniel is captured on camera, staggering throughout the store, dropping produce and other items in the aisle.
Daniel's defense attorney claimed he was upset over a recent breakup.
"He was in an extremely confused, disordered state of mind as a result of the Xanax," said Russ Hunt.
Moments later Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron arrived at the store. He approached Daniel who tried to make a run for the exit. Padron tackled Daniel and both men ended up on the ground.
"Unfortunately I saw when the gun was put to the neck of the officer and he was shot again," said Alma Gutierrez.
Gutierrez was one of several employees who witnessed the shooting.
"I saw blood and knew it was real," said Monica Lawson.
In the afternoon, prosecutors played surveillance video of the shooting.
But perhaps the most chilling piece of testimony came from retail manager Lincoln LeMere who held Daniel down following the fatal shooting.
"He raised his head, chuckled and said I killed a cop," said Lincoln LeMere.
If convicted of capital murder Daniel could face the death penalty.
The trial is expected to take more than a week.