UPDATED: Death penalty on the table for accused killer of Texas

UPDATED: Death penalty on the table for accused killer of Texas Tech Police officer, judge rules

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Updated: (11/22/2019)

Accused of killing Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr. on October 9, 2017, Hollis Daniels appeared in court Friday afternoon, as a district judge denied the defense's motion to preclude the death penalty as a sentencing option for the upcoming capital murder trial. 

Daniels' attorneys argued the death penalty was unconstitutional and did not fit in this case.

Along with this ruling, the defense's motion for individual voir dire was also denied.

The rulings in Friday's hearing appear to clear the way for jury selection, and ultimately, a trial date.

Original Story: (5/17/2019)

Hollis Daniels, the Texas Tech student accused of executing Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr. appeared at the Lubbock County Courthouse Friday afternoon for a pre-trial hearing.

This marked one of the first steps in the capital murder case against him, as family members watched with tears in their eyes. 

This hearing is nearly a year and a half after Daniels allegedly executed Officer East.

The Tech Police Department arrested Daniels on October 9, 2017, after a welfare check at his apartment.

Court records show Officer East was doing paperwork at the station with Daniels in a briefing room, where Daniels was not in cuffs. 

Police reported Daniels then pulled a gun and shot Officer East in the back of the head. Investigators were quick to clarify, however, that it was not Officer East's service weapon.

From there, Daniels went on the run and the manhunt carried on for hours, where he was caught near Jones AT&T Stadium. 

Daniels faces up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

An official trial date for the case is expected soon. 

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