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There have been many memorable moments in the course of the 11-day responsible/harmless section of the Otis McKane capital homicide trial.
McKane was discovered responsible Monday of the execution-style homicide of SAPD Det. Benjamin Marconi in 2016. Following the decision, the trial turned to the punishment section, which can decide whether or not McKane is sentenced to dying.
Proceedings on the punishment section are on recess till Monday. Listed here are essentially the most impactful moments from the trial thus far.
Whereas the punishment section of the trial is on recess till Monday, we determined to have a look again on the most impactful moments from the trial thus far.
Juror runs out of the courtroom
On the second day of trial, a juror left the courtroom twice throughout proceedings. The primary time, the juror left after a video was proven from inside Marconi’s patrol unit the second the detective was shot.
Members of Marconi’s household had been additionally very emotional, as some turned away in the course of the video whereas others watched.
The juror left once more later within the day as properly and seemed to be sick.
Gripping testimony from eyewitnesses of the capturing
One after the other, witnesses took the stand to relive what they noticed the day Marconi was killed. They included Ricky Lee Martinez, the person Marconi pulled over in entrance of Public Security Headquarters.
Jennifer and Alexandria Patterson delivered some the trial’s most emotional testimony.
“What the f***! He’s obtained a gun, Mother. He’s obtained a gun?” Jennifer Patterson testified about what her daughter stated that morning.
The 2 had been on their strategy to brunch after they observed a person holding a gun stroll as much as Marconi’s patrol unit.
“I noticed his eyes and I knew it was him instantly,” Alexandria Patterson instructed jurors. When requested how sure she was about McKane being the person within the image, she stated, “100%.”
Otis McKane will get married amid manhunt
Earlier than the trial started, KSAT had reported that McKane obtained married someday after the capturing. Extra particulars about McKane and Chanel Fields going to get a wedding license was revealed in the course of the trial. Video was proven from contained in the Bexar County Courthouse, the place McKane and Fields walked in via safety the morning of Nov. 21, 2016, after which head towards the Bexar County Clerk’s Workplace.
NASA professional takes the stand
On Day 7 of the trial, prosecutors known as on NASA picture analyst professional David Bretz to the stand.
Bretz testified how the identical picture expertise and strategies used to research the House Shuttle Columbia explosion in 2003 had been utilized to look into the capturing dying of Marconi.
Bretz stated he was in a position to sharpen, enlarge and clear up photos that confirmed McKane getting into Public Security Headquarters, his automobile outdoors the constructing at two instances that morning. He additionally confirmed the jury a picture that the professional witness claimed was the defendant holding a pistol behind the detective’s head. Whereas the enhancement of that picture confirmed one thing just like a tattoo, Brentz couldn’t say for certain that it matched a tattoo pictured in one in all McKane’s pictures taken when he was arrested.
Arrest surveillance video proven
The afternoon of Nov. 21, 2016, the San Antonio Police Division SWAT group moved in on McKane and arrested him close to Interstate 10 and FM 1516.
The arrest, which was known as a “high-risk” operation, was captured via aerial surveillance by a Texas Division of Public Security airplane.
Sgt. Steven Miller, of the DPS Plane Operations Division, testified that he was the digicam operator within the aircraft that performed the aerial surveillance.
McKane cries in courtroom
All through a lot of the trial, McKane confirmed little or no to no emotion till day 9. Whereas watching his interrogation video, McKane broke down crying as he was seeing himself discuss his son and custody points.
In the identical interrogation video, after making an attempt to lie to steer Det. Mark Duke at first, McKane finally confesses to capturing Marconi.
“I apologize to the officer killed, the household,” McKane stated.
This wasn’t the one time McKane confessed. Whereas he was escorted by police to a car for transport to the Justice of the Peace’s workplace, he instructed members of the media that he “lashed out on somebody who didn’t deserve it.”
Emotional testimony from physician who handled Marconi
Proper earlier than the state rested its case, U.S. Air Drive Maj. Dr. Erica Simon, chief resident on the emergency room at Brooke Military Medical Middle, the place Marconi was taken for therapy testified.
Simon cried when she instructed jurors that Marconi’s important indicators weren’t good, he by no means had a coronary heart rhythm and even when he was resuscitated, his neurological outlook was not good.
“Proper about this time, I seemed down and my ft are heat as a result of I’m standing in a pool of blood,” she stated tearfully. “There aren’t any indicators of life.”
Protection rests after calling just one witness
In a shock transfer on day 11, the protection solely known as one witness, Duke, to the stand.
The protection was making an attempt to show that Marconi was texting about private issues when he was shot.
Protection legal professional Joel Perez instructed jurors that if Marconi was conducting private issues when he was shot, then McKane couldn’t be charged with capital homicide and subsequently wouldn’t be topic to a attainable dying penalty sentence.
It took the jury solely 25 minutes to deliberate. Choose Ron Rangel learn the decision to McKane and he was discovered responsible of capital homicide.
“We’re more than happy with the decision. I do know the household is as happy and relieved,” Bexar County District Legal professional Joe Gonzales stated after the decision.
The studying of the decision led to an incident these within the courtroom and viewers watching reside on-line received’t quickly neglect.
McKane assaults bailiff
Mere minutes after the decision was learn and the jury was escorted out, McKane began to take off his tie, unbutton and untuck his shirt.
Deputy Isidro Gonzalez, a courtroom bailiff, requested McKane to face up twice, which the defendant refused to do. Then impulsively, McKane jumped up and elbowed Gonzalez within the face.
A number of deputies rushed to take McKane down. KSAT 12 was reside when the incident occurred and the video of it could be utilized by the prosecution on day one of many punishment section.
The punishment section will resume at 9 a.m. Monday. McKane faces the dying penalty or life in jail with out parole.
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