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Defense Lawyer Withdraws From Accused Austin Cop Killer's Case
A Travis County judge approved a motion Monday that allows one of the defense attorneys of a man accused of killing an Austin police officer earlier this year to withdraw from the case.
Brandon Daniel is charged with capital murder in the death of Austin police officer Jaime Padron on April 6. Police say Daniel shot Padron as they struggled at the Walmart off I-35 near Parmer Lane.
Last month Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said she would seek the death penalty in the case.
According to Bradley Urrutia, one of two attorneys representing Daniel, it is typical in a capital murder case for two attorneys to be assigned due to the workload. Urrutia was assigned along with attorney Bill White at the start of this case. But on Monday the judge heard and approved White's motion to withdraw.
KEYE TV could not reach White for a comment on why he withdrew.
The court immediately assigned a second attorney to replace him. Daniel was in the courtroom during the proceedings.
Read the progress of the case at keyetv.com/news/features/police-shooting/.