Brandon Daniel step closer in speeding up death row process


AUSTIN (KXAN) — After wanting to speed up his execution process, the man convicted of killing Senior Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron in April 2012 has been granted on Friday morning his request to waive writ counsel. That means Daniel got his wish to represent himself during his death row appeals process.

The judge warned Brandon Daniel, who now sits on death row, to think about the decision thoroughly. However, after two doctor evaluations, the judge found the 27-year-old competent to make his own decision.

While writ counsel is relieved, Daniel is still going through the process with the appellate counsel.

Daniel was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death in February 2014. While he is on death row, a date for his execution has not been set.

In March, Daniel sent Judge Kennedy a letter stating why he wanted to waive any and all of his appeals.

Meanwhile, the Austin Police Department has supported Daniel’s request, saying that “there is no doubt that Mr. Daniels committed the heinous crime he was convicted of, therefore the Department is not opposed to the granting of his petition.”

In-Depth: Time on death row

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says inmates that receive capital punishment stay on death row an average of nearly 11 years before being put to death. However, there are exceptions.

To give you some perspective, Joe Gonzalez and Steven Renfro were both put to death eight- to nine months after being sentenced to death in the 1990s. Both waived all rights to appeal, which sped up their executions.

At the other end of the spectrum, a Travis County inmate David Powell spent more than 31 years on death row. Powell was convicted of killing an Austin police officer in 1978.

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