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Otis McKane attacks bailiff after he learns of guilty capital murder verdict

SAN ANTONIO – After lower than an hour of deliberations, a Bexar County jury on Monday discovered Otis McKane guilty of capital murder.

When the verdict was learn within the courtroom, McKane elbowed a bailiff within the jaw who was making an attempt to handcuff him. Other officers instantly grabbed McKane.

McKane shot San Antonio Police Department Det. Benjamin Marconi in entrance of police headquarters in 2016.

The jury will now go into the punishment part of the capital murder trial, the place McKane might be sentenced to dying or life with out the chance of parole. Those proceedings are anticipated to start Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and shall be streamed reside on KSAT.com.

The trial marked the primary dying penalty case in additional than 5 years in Bexar County and was the largest felony trial within the county since jury trials reopened from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The trial lasted 11 days over a three-week interval by which the prosecution known as on 55 witnesses to assist current its case, whereas the protection solely known as one witness, who testified for about quarter-hour.

During closing arguments, the prosecution known as the slaying “a public execution in front of Public Safety Headquarters” and that McKane “meant to f*** somebody’s life up.” The prosecution additionally identified that McKane quite a few occasions admitted to killing Marconi.

The prosecution mentioned that their witnesses and proof proved past an affordable doubt that McKane is guilty of the cost of capital murder as a result of Marconi was a peace officer performing within the lawful discharge of an official responsibility.

The protection countered that even thought he was in his police cruiser within the course of of writing a visitors ticket, Marconi was texting about personal issues when he was shot. Defense legal professional Joel Perez instructed jurors that if Marconi was conducting personal issues when he was shot, then McKane couldn’t be charged with capital murder and due to this fact wouldn’t be topic to a attainable dying penalty sentence.

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The jury disagreed.

On the morning of Nov. 20, 2016, Marconi was sitting in his patrol automotive outdoors SAPD Public Safety Headquarters writing a ticket to a driver when McKane pulled up in a black automotive pulled up behind his cruiser. McKane walked as much as the police unit and shot the officer twice within the head as he sat within the driver’s seat.

An enormous manhunt ensued and a tip led police to arrest of McKane 30 hours later.

It was later revealed that the morning after the taking pictures, the defendant walked into the Bexar County Courthouse and was married as police looked for him.

Security footage confirmed him getting into the courthouse, the place he obtained the wedding license.

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