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Accused cop killer appears in court for first time

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Accused cop killer Brandon Daniel made his first courtroom appearance Wednesday.

On April 6, 2012, APD Officer Jaime Padron responded to a shoplifting call at a North Austin Walmart. Police say after getting into an altercation with Padron, Daniel fatally shot him in the neck.

Two Walmart employees tackled Daniel to the ground. The 24-year-old now faces capital murder charges.

Daniel’s attorneys went before the judge Wednesday to ask for an expedited decision on whether the state would seek the death penalty in the case.

In Travis County, there is a committee under the district attorney’s office that makes recommendations on potential death penalty cases. Ultimately, it is Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s decision whether or not Daniels is in fact subject to capital punishment.

Daniel’s attorney Bill White says his client understands the severity of the charges against him.

“He is doing as well as expected. I mean, obviously, it’s a huge, terrible, disastrous thing that has happened to both the law enforcement officer killed and Brandon. He’s 24 and finds himself in this circumstance,” White said.

White also said he hopes he will hear on whether or not Daniel will face the death penalty within 60 days.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Bishop says he doesn’t know when a decision will be made.

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