AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Opening statements have begun in the capital murder trial of a former software engineer charged with fatally shooting a Central Texas police officer in 2012.
The Travis County jury of 10 women and two men is hearing statements Tuesday in the trial of 26-year-old Brandon Daniel. He could get the death penalty if convicted of slaying Austin officer Jaime Padron (HEYE'-may pah-DRONE').
Authorities have said Padron responded to reports of a disturbance and shoplifting case at a Wal-Mart in April 2012. Investigators say Daniel produced a gun and the 40-year-old Padron was fatally shot as the pair struggled.
Daniel has pleaded not guilty.
Defense attorneys had offered a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, but prosecutors rejected the offer.