Court upholds death penalty for man who killed Ofc. Jaime Padron

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has issued an option to uphold the death penalty for the man who is currently on death row for the 2012 murder of Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.

After reviewing Brandon Daniel’s case, the court ruled the case had no merit and, “Consequently, we affirm the trial court’s judgment and sentence of death.” When an individual is sentenced to death, the case is automatically appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Daniel was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death in February 2014. A few weeks after his trial, Daniel sent Judge Brenda Kennedy a letter stating why he wanted to waive any and all of his appeals.

In the letter, Daniel wrote: “I want justice to be served and I feel that the punishment is appropriate for my crime; we are both interested in saving the taxpayer’s money, the time of all involved and in sparing my family and the victim’s family anymore angst than necessary; and finally, I would like to limit my time in prison to the least amount possible.”

By waiving all appeals, officials say the execution process could happen within two years. 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.

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