Video captures Daniel's comments after shooting


by SHANNON MURRAY and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 11:19 PM

AUSTIN -- Testimony continued Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Brandon Daniel.

Daniel is accused of shooting and killing Senior Officer Jaime Padron at a North Austin Walmart in April of 2012.

The first witness in Wednesday morning's proceedings was Officer Corey Knop. He responded as back up to Padron's distress call. His cruiser's dash camera captured events after the shooting.

Jurors watched as the video showed Knop pulling up and running inside the store. Knop and another officer then emerged, escorting Daniel out of the store in handcuffs. They then search him on the hood of the car.

The officers put Daniel in the car and the microphone in the back seat picked up his audio. Subtitles on the video showed that he asked where his wallet was and said "I just shot your...[inaudible]".

Later the video catches Daniel saying, "At least I get free food and don't have to work again."

That comment sent a member of Padron's family out into the hallway sobbing loudly.

Other comments by Daniel recorded and subtitled for the jury included, "Oh, I see you're mad because one of your friends are dead."

Daniel also told them "I'm glad he's dead. I'll see you all in hell."

Prosecutors then showed the jury another video of Daniel being interrogated once he arrived at the station.

"On the way out, a cop saw me, and I panicked, and then I pulled my gun out and shot him," he told the detective.

Daniel said, in the video, he took four bars of Xanax that night. He said he went to Walmart to shoplift, but had no intention of shooting anybody.

"I feel very bad for the officer who was doing his job and his kids," Daniel said.

Daniel's sister sobbed in the courtroom while the video played. At times, the evidence also became too much for Daniel, who sat with his head down crying.

In the video, the detective asked Daniel "What do you think should happen to you?"

"Probably be put to death," he responded.

During that video, Daniel told the investigator he'd been stressed the last few months because he and his girlfriend of five years had just broken up.


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