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Judge lets death row inmate Daniel drop appeals, faces execution in killing of Austin officer

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas convicted killer will be allowed to drop his appeals as he awaits execution for the 2012 shooting death of an Austin police officer.

Brandon Daniel was ruled competent on Friday, allowing him to dismiss his appeals lawyers as he seeks to expedite his punishment.

Judge Brenda Kennedy last month ordered another mental evaluation of Daniel, who was convicted last year of capital murder. Officer Jaime Padron was gunned down during an April 2012 disturbance and shoplifting call at a Wal-Mart.

The ex-software engineer has acknowledged using an anti-anxiety drug before the shooting. Daniel had a competency review prior to trial.

No execution date has been set for Daniel, who told the judge he's prepared for the consequences and wants to further spare the victim's family and his own.

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