New de­fense at­tor­ney named

The lawyer for a man ac­cused of killing a po­lice of­fi­cer in April stepped down Mon­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Byjazmine Ul­loa jul­loa@states­ Bran­don Mont­gomery Daniel At­tor­ney B

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

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