Suspect in killing of SAPD detective hints of a 'setup'

Otis McKane, 31, says he has been wrongly accused of crimes in past

SAN ANTONIO – Otis McKane, 31, said he has been misunderstood most of his adult life, wrongly arrested for crimes in the past.  During an interview from jail, he hinted that his arrest in the murder of San Antonio police Detective Benjamin Marconi also may be based on false information.

"I lost my ID. Somebody used my ID as a scapegoat," he said.

McKane said ever since losing his photo identification card in 2006, he has had repeated and undeserved problems involving law enforcement, ranging from a traffic ticket issued in his name to a robbery arrest.

"In 2010, I went to jail for a whole week for no reason. For no reason,” he said. “Somebody's been impersonating me.”

He stopped short of saying, however, whether that played any role in his latest arrest. McKane was taken into custody Nov. 21 and charged with capital murder.

The arrest came just one day after Marconi was gunned down as he sat in his patrol car outside Public Safety Headquarters, writing a ticket for another driver.

San Antonio police later released surveillance video, showing a man who they identified as McKane, walking into the building just four hours before the murder.

McKane would not say whether he is the man in the video.

“I refuse to put myself in any situation or scene given the situation I'm in,” he said. “I refuse to say anything about that day or anything that had to do with (Marconi).”

One topic on which McKane spoke openly was his child custody case. 

Immediately after his arrest two weeks ago, he spoke to reporters saying he was angry about not being able to see his son.  But McKane also said Marconi had nothing to do with his case.

Now, he said he felt as though his prior statement had been “misused and misconstrued.”

McKane admitted the child custody subject, though, is one that clearly still causes him anger.  He said he feels police didn’t do enough to help him when it came to gaining access to his son.

However, when asked if it made him angry enough to kill, he again declined to answer.

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