AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jury selection has started in the capital murder trial of a 26-year-old former software engineer charged with fatally shooting an Austin police officer in 2012.
Hundreds of potential jurors have been filling out questionnaires Monday. The pool will be narrowed and then potential jurors will be questioned individually before a panel is picked to hear the case of Brandon Daniel. The process is likely to take weeks.
Daniel, accused of the capital murder of the officer Jaime Padron, plead “not guilty” at a court hearing on Dec. 30. If convicted, Daniel faces a possible death sentence.
Daniel’s defense attorney, Russell Hunt, attempted unsuccessfully to settle the case without a trial. Hunt decided to keep the case in Travis County as well as stop testing any extra evidence in the case since the incident was caught on camera.
Padron was shot while responding to a call of an intoxicated shoplifter at a Wal-Mart on Parmer Lane.