Man charged with killing APD officer pleads 'not guilty'

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on December 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 6:14 PM

AUSTIN -- The man accused of killing an Austin police officer has entered a 'not guilty' plea.

Brandon Daniel appeared briefly before Judge Brenda Kennedy Monday morning with his two attorneys by his side during a pre-trial hearing.

Clean shaven and answering questions politely, Daniel told the judge he understands the charges against him and is aware those charges could invoke the death penalty.

Daniel's attorneys told the court that they are not interested in a change of venue, and that they believe Travis County is the proper forum for this murder trial.

They also wanted to put on record that their client offered to plead the maximum no-death penalty sentence of life without parole. Prosecutors did not accept that offer.

Daniel is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of APD Senior Officer Jaime Padron in April of 2012.

Padron was responding to a report of a shoplifter at a North Austin Walmart. The two men got into a struggle and Daniel shot Padron.

Padron had served with the Austin Police Department for three years. Before that he spent 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department, and he was also a Marine Corps veteran.

Padron left behind two young daughters.

Daniel is being held in the Travis County Jail without bail.

Opening statements in the trial are set for Feb. 18.

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