Defense opens in Austin cop-killing trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 9:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's now defense attorneys' turn to counter prosecutors' efforts to obtain a death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the slaying of an Austin police officer.

Brandon Daniel's attorneys will begin presenting evidence Wednesday to the Travis County jury, a day after prosecutors rested their case.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Their last witness 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.

Padron 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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