Prosecution rests in Austin cop-killing trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 11:03 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case against a man convicted of capital murder in the slaying of an Austin police officer.

Defense attorneys will begin presenting evidence Wednesday as they try to persuade the Travis County jury to spare Brandon Daniel a death penalty.

The last prosecution witness jurors heard from Tuesday was the sister of Officer Jaime Padron (HEYE'-may pah-DRONE'), the slain officer. Linda Diaz testified to his dedication to service to his family and the community.

Diaz was shot to death April 6, 2012, while answering a disturbance and shoplifting call at a Wal-Mart.

Daniel has acknowledged that he was under the influence of the anti-anxiety drug during the shooting.

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