The Backstory: Otis McKane on trial for execution-style killing of SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi

First death penalty case in Bexar County Courthouse in five years

Otis McKane is accused of killing Detective Benjamin Marconi in 2016. As he awaits his fate in the Bexar County Jail, Paul Venema recaps the events that led up to his trial which is still on the hold due to COVID-19.
Otis McKane is accused of killing Detective Benjamin Marconi in 2016. As he awaits his fate in the Bexar County Jail, Paul Venema recaps the events that led up to his trial which is still on the hold due to COVID-19.

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The trial of Otis Tyrone McKane, 35, is the first death penalty case in the Bexar County Courthouse in five years. McKane is accused of shooting and killing San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi in 2016. The trial was expected to begin in April 2020 but was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jury selection in the case is now underway. As McKane awaits his fate, Paul Venema recaps the events that led up to his arrest in a segment called ‘The Backstory’.

This KSAT exclusive features never before seen footage from the courtroom, Katrina Webber’s extended jailhouse interview with McKane and a Q&A with experienced local defense attorneys and a judge.


About the Authors:

Alyssa Medina is the Video-On-Demand Producer and has worked at KSAT since 2016. She creates exclusive content for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Some of her most notable contributions focus on race and culture or health and wellness. She's created the segments 'Creating Black History in S.A.' and 'New Week. New You."

Paul Venema is a courthouse reporter for KSAT with more than 25 years experience in the role.