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Brandon Daniel found guilty of capital murder

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A Travis County jury finds Brandon Daniel, 26, guilty of capital murder for killing an Austin cop.

Daniel fired a pistol point blank range at APD Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron inside a North Austin Wal-Mart in 2012.

The jury of ten women and two men spent just under an hour considering four days of testimony and evidence.

"You're going to make me start crying again. What a tragic event this was for such a guy to be taken from us," said Padron's longtime friend San Angelo Police Department Sgt. Matt Baldwin.

Surrounded by the support of Austin police officers Baldwin reacted to the guilty verdict.

"I can say for myself as well as the family they are pleased with the outcome of the trial I believe justice was served," said Baldwin.

Inside the courtroom, Padron's family and friends shared hugs with each other and prosecutors.

During closing arguments Assistant District Attorney Bill Bishop told the jury their decision would not be hard.

"You're a jury that has a capital murder on video," Bishop said.

Brad Urrutia, who represents Daniel, tried to sway the jury to consider murder instead of capital murder. After the verdict, Urrutia said he wasn't surprised with the jury's decision. He plans to call several witnesses during the punishment phase which he considers the strongest part of Daniel's case. Evidence will get into Daniel's childhood, history of drug use and depression. He hopes the jury will spare Daniel's life.

"I'm not going to sit here and ask you to absolve him for what he did that night. He committed a crime and he should pay for that crime," said Urrutia.

Not a day goes by for Baldwin and others where they don't miss their friend, father and fellow Officer Jaime Padron.

"So many of us miss him and are lost without him," said Baldwin.

Daniel faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty.

FOX 7 will stream the punishment phase of Daniel's trial live on our website at www.myfoxaustin.com.

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