Sentencing phase for Brandon Daniel underway

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by SHANNON MURRAY and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:19 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- The sentencing phase for Brandon Daniel has begun in Travis County.

Daniel was found guilty of capital murder last week in the April 2012 shooting death of APD Senior Officer Jaime Padron.

During opening statements Monday, both the state and Daniel's defense team told the jury they would learn more about Daniel, his background and his previous run-ins with police.

Prosecutor Gary Cobb told the jury that during this phase, evidence will show Daniel had two parts to his personality. He'll also show that Daniel wants to profit from the crime he committed.

Defense attorney Brad Urrutia claimed Daniel was suicidal as early as age 11 and said he started experimenting with drugs at an early age. Urrutia said when Daniel finally got treatment after the shooting, he was able to get his life under control for the first time.

Officer Corey Knop returned to the stand after testifying last week. He was the officer who transported Daniel after Padron's death. He said he also had a run in with Daniel on Feb. 2, 2012, about two months prior to Padron's death. In that instance he arrested Daniel for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Dash camera video from that night was played for the jury. It shows Daniel asking if there was anything Knop could do to "help" with the charges. Knop is heard telling him, "no."

Daniel then asks Knop, "Do you think this is right?" in reference to the arrest. Knop said, "Yes, I don't arrest people who don't deserve to be arrested or those who don't commit a crime."

Jurors also heard from a friend who had a romance with Daniel in the months before the shooting.
She testified the two would often do drugs together and she worried about him mixing them.

Daniel's former roommate testified the night of the shooting Daniel took Xanax and drank tequila.

Defense attorneys said this phase of the trial will last through the end of the week.

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