Hollis Daniels appears in court in Texas Tech Police capital murder case

Hollis Daniels, the former Texas Tech University freshman charged in the shooting death of a campus policeman five years ago, appeared in court Friday for a planning conference in his capital murder case .

Daniels, 23, has been held in the Lubbock County Detention Center since his arrest on Oct. 10, 2017, and is charged with the shooting death of Floyd East Jr. If convicted, Daniels faces the death penalty or the life in prison without parole.

The Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office has said in previous hearings that it is seeking the death penalty in this case.

Friday’s planning conference was to determine future court dates leading up to a potential trial.

Previously:Trial date uncertain for man charged in fatal Texas Tech cop shooting

Floyd East and his family

Daniels’ attorney Chip Lewis told the court during a hearing in November 2020 that he should refrain from engaging in another trial without permission from the Los Angeles County judge presiding over the trial. of his other client, the billionaire Robert Durst.

Durst was arrested in 2015 in connection with the 2000 death of his friend, Susan Berman. He was convicted in September 2021 of shooting Berman at close range in 2000 at his Los Angeles home.

He was sentenced to life on October 14. Two days later, he was hospitalized with COVID-19, according to USA Today. Following his conviction, Durst was charged in New York with murder for the death of his wife in 1982. Durst, 78, died in January of natural causes.

Lubbock Police investigators believe Daniels, who is from Seguin, shot East on October 9, 2017 while the officer was filing paperwork at Tech PD headquarters for Daniels’ arrest for an unrelated offense.

The two were alone in the room when a shot rang out, according to an arrest warrant. An officer who was in another room rushed out to find East on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound and Daniels was gone.

It is unclear how Daniels managed to possess a gun at the police station.

Daniels was arrested on campus after a two-hour manhunt. A .45 caliber pistol was found near him.

“Hollis Daniels told officers he was the one who shot their friend,” the warrant read.

A media gag order was issued shortly after his indictment, barring anyone involved in the case from speaking to the media.

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Meanwhile, East’s wife Carmen filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Daniels in 2019. However, Hollis never filed a response despite records showing he was served with the lawsuit at the jail and attorney James Frost requested a 30-day extension to file one.

In May 2020, Lubbock Judge Ruben Reyes entered a default judgment in favor of East, finding that Hollis owed him $120 million in damages, according to court records.

The Easts lived in El Paso with their two daughters, but Floyd, who had recently taken the job in Lubbock with the Texas Tech Police Department, chose to travel weekly instead of uprooting the entire family. According to Avalanche-Journal records, he had hoped to eventually return to El Paso to work as a police officer on the Texas Tech HSC campus.