Jury sees video of Otis McKane getting a wedding license the day after SAPD Det. Benjamin Marconi was fatally shot
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The jury in the capital murder trial of Otis McKane was shown a video Friday showing the defendant received a marriage license the day after he was accused of shooting San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi.
The video that prosecutors showed on day 5 of the trial came from surveillance cameras installed around the Paul Elizondo Tower building in the Bexar County’s courthouse on Nov. 21, 2016, said Danny Chapman, senior communications specialist for the sheriff’s Bexar County Offices.
Chapman testified that he recorded several video clips at the request of the San Antonio Police Department.
The videos show McKane and Christian Chanel Fields around 10 a.m. walking from the parking lot into the building, at the security checkpoint, in the marriage office and when leaving the building.
Joyce Ann Mendoza, who issued the marriage license, testified that the couple looked happy and McKane was “in a good mood” and said, “Good morning.”
Mendoza said McKane admitted he was behind on child support but made payments. Child benefit payments are one of the questions asked when getting a marriage certificate.
Otis McKane trial day 5
Mendoza also testified that the couple asked for a waiver to get married that same day, which they did.
Before the McKane video was shown in the courthouse, prosecutors were focused on the investigation into Marconi’s death from SAPD.
Among the witnesses was SAPD Lt. Brent Bell, who was Marconi’s manager when Marconi was killed, and one of the lead investigators on the shooting team involved by officers.
Bell testified about how the investigation into Marconi’s death was conducted and how SAPD took precautions because officials “believed the threat was ongoing” because they did not immediately know who the shooter was, it was outside Public Security Headquarters and “Due to anti-police movements at the time.”
“We knew of a pattern where other cops were being targeted, (and) until we arrested that person, we didn’t know if he would do it again,” Bell told the jury.
Bell said November 2016 was a tense time for police officers across the country after several officers were ambushed, including an incident in Dallas earlier this year. As a result of these incidents, Bell said that SAPD chief William McManus ordered officials to double up on duty and the SAPD substations were closed to the public.
SAPD notified local, regional, state, and federal agencies across the state of the vehicle the suspect was driving.
Crime scene investigator Brenda Oliva testified on the video she recorded of the crime scene and which was shown to the jury.
The video showed the inside of Marconi’s police unit, revealing cartridge cases and pools of blood. The video also showed the traffic arms McKane drove his car through as he drove away from the crime scene, prosecutors said.
Erica Hernandez reports on day 5 of the Otis McKane trial
Another CSI investigator, Treise McDaniel, testified about pictures she took of McKane’s car at the intersection of North Calaveras and North Poplar at night.
The jury saw photos of obvious paint scratches on the hood and trunk of McKane’s 2011 Mitsubishi Galant that prosecutors said were caused as it drove through the traffic arms at SAPD headquarters.
McDaniel also testified when she noticed a defect in the passenger seat of Marconi’s unit that produced a spent bullet that she collected for evidence.
McKane faces the death penalty if found guilty.
The process will continue at 9 a.m. on Monday. In this article you can follow every moment live on KSAT.
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