Hollis Daniels, a former Texas Tech freshman from Seguin, is ready to face trial on Monday for capital homicide – 5 years and a day after he was arrested in reference to the capturing death of campus police officer Floyd East Jr..
Nonetheless, jury choice won’t start till a number of weeks later. Decide John McClendon within the 137th District Courtroom is predicted to name the case and ask attorneys for the state and protection if they’re prepared to start trial after which take care of pretrial issues.
Traditionally, jury choice for dying penalty instances in Lubbock can take as much as a month to finish and begins with potential jurors filling out questionaires that may decide if, amongst different issues, an neutral jury may be assembled to listen to the high-profile case.
Sometimes, between 200-300 jurors shall be summoned for the method.
McClendon issued a media gag order shortly after Daniels was indicted in 2017, barring legislation enforcement companies, prosecutors and protection attorneys to talk to the media concerning the case, arguing that heavy information protection may taint the jury pool.
Daniels, 24, has been held on the Lubbock County Detention Heart since his Oct. 10, 2017, arrest and is accused within the capturing dying of East earlier that night.
If convicted, Daniels, who’s represented by Houston legal professional Chip Lewis and Lubbock legal professional Mark Snodgrass, faces the dying penalty or life in jail with out parole.
The Lubbock County District Legal professional’s Workplace has stated in earlier hearings that it’s looking for the dying penalty within the case.
The trial comes two weeks after McClendon denied a request to throw out Daniels’ interview with police wherein he admitted to capturing and killing East.
Daniels’ case has encountered delays introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted felony trials in Texas for almost a yr, and one other high-profile case.
Lewis advised the court docket in a November 2020 listening to that he must maintain off on participating in one other trial with out the permission of the Los Angeles County Decide presiding over the trial for his different consumer, billionaire Robert Durst.
Durst, 78, was arrested in 2015 in reference to the dying of his pal, Susan Berman. He was convicted in September 2021 of capturing Berman at point-blank vary in 2000 at her Los Angeles dwelling. He was sentenced to life in jail a couple of month later. He died of pure causes in January.
Capturing at Texas Tech
Courtroom information state that East and Daniels had been in a briefing room the place the officer was finishing paperwork for Daniels’ arrest on unrelated drug expenses.
A corporal who was in one other room heard a gunshot and located East alone within the room affected by a gunshot wound, in accordance with an arrest warrant. Police arrested Daniels following a two-hour search on the Tech campus.
Daniels was arrested on campus after a two-hour lengthy manhunt. A .45 caliber pistol was discovered close to him.
“Hollis Daniels acknowledged to officers that he was the one which shot their pal,” the warrant states.
East, 48, was a local of El Paso who began his profession with the Tech PD Dec. 2, 2014 as a guard on the Texas Tech College Well being Sciences Heart in El Paso. Whereas there, he attended the El Paso Group School Regulation Enforcement Academy to acquire his primary peace officer license.
On Might 1 of 2017, almost a yr after acquiring that license, he transferred to the Lubbock campus for a area coaching program. Nonetheless, East nonetheless lived in El Paso together with his spouse and two daughters, and traveled to Lubbock every week as a substitute of uprooting all the household. He accomplished this program on Aug. 31 and hoped, finally, to maneuver again to El Paso to work as a police officer on the Texas Tech HSC campus there, in accordance with Avalanche-Journal archives.
East’s spouse, Carmen, filed a wrongful dying lawsuit towards Daniels in 2019. Nonetheless, Hollis by no means filed a response regardless of information displaying that he was served with the lawsuit on the jail and legal professional James Frost sought a 30-day extension to file one.
In Might 2020 Lubbock Decide Ruben Reyes issued a default judgement in East’s favor, discovering that Hollis owed her $120 million in damages, in accordance with court docket information.
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