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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Padron case

The Travis County District Attorney's office is seeking the death penalty for Brandon Daniel, the man charged with the fatal shooting of Austin police officer, Jaime Padron.

District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said it was the right thing to do.

Amy Padron, Jaime's ex-wife, agrees and says this is the decision she has been waiting for.

"He took away someone very, very important to us and he needs to pay with his life," she said.

On April 6, Senior Officer Padron responded to an intoxicated person and theft call at a North Austin Wal-Mart.

Police say the confrontation quickly turned deadly.

"When I had to tell them their father was dead, I told them, a bad guy got daddy. And several months later my 7-year-old says, I want the bad guy to die. And I'm going to go home and tell my little one, she got her wish that the bad guy will hopefully die," Padron said.

The mother of two says it's a bit of good news during a rough patch.

Her daughters, 10-year-old, Ariana, and 7-year-old, Olivia, are having a tough time, just before the holidays.

"The little one wants to ask Santa to bring daddy back and I had to explain to her not even Santa can bring daddy back," she said. "We miss him every day."

But one of the most heart breaking moments for Padron so far, happened at a store Saturday, after walking pass a mannequin.

"It had the arms and it was kind of built and was in really good shape and it was wearing a long sleeve under armor shirt and some of the shorts and I just kind of glanced at it and it kind of reminded me of Jaime's build. I didn't think anything of it and the next thing I look over and the little one is hugging it," said Padron. "I straight up asked her, what are you doing? Why are you hugging it? And she goes it feels like daddy. I lost it, I ran to the car. She was hugging it because she wanted to feel her dad."

Padron says her daughters don't know who Daniel is or what he looks like. They know him as just the man who police say killed their father and could die for that crime.

FOX 7 called Daniel's attorney, Bill White, for a comment but he didn't return calls.

Daniel remains at the Travis County jail.

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