New defense attorney named
The lawyer for a man accused of killing a police officer in April stepped down Monday.
A new high-profile criminal defense attorney is taking over the case of Brandon Montgomery Daniel, who investigators say shot and killed Austin police officer Jaime Padron on April 6.
Attorney Bill White withdrew from the case in a pretrial hearing Monday, telling reporters afterward that the move had “nothing to do with the merits of Brandon Daniel’s case.”
White, who has 35 years of experience and has defended such prominent clients as former U.S. House leader Tom DeLay, declined to elaborate other than to say the decision followed a “legal difference of opinion (between himself and the court) regarding the application of American Bar Association guidelines of representation in capital cases.”
His mitigator and lead investigator also withdrew, he said.
Travis County District Court Judge Brenda Kennedy has appointed attorney Russell Hunt Jr. to the case. Hunt is the defense lawyer for Mark Norwood, who is charged with killing Christine Morton at her North Austin home in 1986. Her husband, Michael Morton, spent nearly 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction in the case.
Hunt told reporters he was asked to take over Daniel’s