DA LaHood Seeks Death Penalty in Trial for Murder of SAPD Detective Marconi

The man accused of shooting and killing a San Antonio Police Department detective in November 2016 could face the death penalty, according to a court document.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood filed a motion indicating he'd seek the death penalty in the trial for 32-year-old Otis McKane, who was charged with capital murder of a police officer.

In November 2016, Detective Benjamin Marconi was sitting in his cruiser, in the midst of conducting a routine traffic stop outside the San Antonio Police Department headquarters, when McKane allegedly walked up to the driver side window and shot him in the head twice in broad daylight. Marconi, a 20-year-SAPD veteran, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

McKane was arrested within 48 hours, after SAPD released a video showing him quickly walking in, and then back out, of SAPD headquarters. At the time of his arrest, SAPD Chief William McManus said McKane had a “history with the department.”

Details of McKane’s life, including several custody battles, emerged after his arrest: During his perp walk, he told reporters “I just wanted to see my son.” When asked what he was upset about the day of the shooting, McKane replied, “Society not letting me see my son. I lashed out at somebody that didn’t deserve it.”

The notice of intent to seek the death penalty in McKane's capital murder trial was signed by LaHood on January 4. His trial is set to begin February 28, 2018.

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