Hollis Daniels to appear in court without restraints

Hollis Daniels to appear in court without restraints

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We have some procedural updates in the capital murder trial of Hollis Daniels. He is accused of killing Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. on October 9, 2017.

As we reported last month, Judge John McClendon, III denied the defense's motion to remove the death penalty as a sentencing option, if convicted.

This and other orders were filed in court records Monday.

Judge McClendon signed an order Monday granting the defense's motion to allow Daniels to appear in civilian clothing and without restraints at all court hearings. Also, we have a correction. We earlier reported the defense's motion for individual voir dire was rejected; it was granted. 

The Tech Police Department arrested Daniels Oct. 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 investigators say he was caught near Jones Stadium on the north end of the Tech campus.

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