San Antonio man Monday threw an elbow in a bailiff’s face and tried to make flee the courtroom after being convicted of murdering a cop five years ago
Dramatic footage captured Otis Tyrone McKane, attacking Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Isidro Gonzalez when the officer tried to handcuff him
McKane, 40, was on trial for capital murder in the November 20, 2016 shooting death of Detective Benjamin Marconi
McKane elbowed the bailiff moments after jurors needed just 25 minutes to find found him guilty of murdering Marconi
As McKane removed his necktie and started to undo his shirt after being convicted of capital murder, Gonzalez said, ‘I had a feeling that he was going to fight us’
Dep. Gonzalez and another officer can be seen restraining McKane while more officers rushed to their aid
The trial’s punishment phase began Tuesday afternoon with the jury to decide between the options of the death penalty or life in prison without parole
Dramatic courtroom footage captures a Texas man assaulting a bailiff who tried to handcuff him moments after being convicted of killing a San Antonio police detective nearly five years ago.
Otis Tyrone McKane was on trial for capital murder in the November 20, 2016 shooting of Detective Benjamin Marconi when jurors found him guilty after just 25 minutes of deliberation on Monday.
McKane, 40, ambushed and shot Det. Marconi in traffic near the police headquarters. The victim had nothing to do with the gunman and was on his way to answer a call which had nothing to do with McKane either. The 50-year-old cop did not survive the attack
The defendant faces either life in prison or the death sentence after his conviction. When Deputy Isidro Gonzalez of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office prepared to handcuff McKane, the convicted man swung an elbow toward Gonzalez’s face.
Dep. Gonzalez and a another officer quickly took McKane out of the courtroom to restrain him as more officers rushed to their aid.
Otis McKane clasps his hands before attacking Deputy Isidro Gonzalez
Gonzalez said he had noticed McKane removing his necktie, unbuttoning his shirt and untucking his shirttail after the guilty verdict was read. ‘I had a feeling that he was going to fight us,’ Gonzalez testified. ‘Because he was taking off his clothes.’
District Attorney Joe Gonzales and defense attorney Joel Perez declined to comment about the outburst. Gonzales said the bailiff was not seriously injured.
The trial’s punishment phase began Tuesday afternoon with the jury to decide between one of two options: the death penalty or life in prison without parole, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
McKane at his police interview in November 2016
Marconi was fatally shot as he sat in his patrol car during a traffic stop that did not involve McKane, authorities said. McKane, as he was being taken to jail following the shooting, told reporters that he ‘lashed out at someone who didn´t deserve it’ because he was upset with the court system.
McKane said he was angry because he had not been allowed to see his son during a custody battle.
Defense attorney Perez had argued that Marconi had sent and received personal text messages moments before the traffic stop, therefore was not officially on duty. McKane then could not be charged with capital murder.
It was a tough sell to the court. Furthermore investigations revealed that seven hours before his arrest in the fatal slaying of Benjamin, McKane was at the Bexar County Courthouse getting married as he was the subject of a massive manhunt, according to official records.
McKane who claimed he was angry after losing a custody battle McKane, on Sunday Nov. 20 killed Det. Benjamin Marconi in an ambush slaying. Then on the Monday, he proceeded to wed Christian Chanel Fields, who owned the white Buick he was driving at the time of his arrest.
To facilitate their expedited wedding, the couple had obtained a magistrate’s waiver from the customary 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued