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Jurors witness interrogation video of Otis McKane, hear murder confession

WOAI San Antonio logo WOAI San Antonio 7/23/2021 SBG San Antonio Staff Reports
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SAN ANTONIO - Testimony continued Thursday on Day 9 of the capital murder trial of Otis McKane.

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McKane is accused of killing San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi while he sat in his patrol car in front of Public Safety Headquarters in 2016.

On Wednesday, the jury was shown McKane's dramatic arrest by SWAT officers -- carried out just one day after the murder of detective Benjamin Marconi.

Aerial surveillance video was recorded by a Texas DPS airplane, more than 12,000 feet in the air.

The sergeant who recorded the video explained how they'd been called out to help "tail" McKane, tracking him from a distance where he wouldn't know he was being watched.

Prosecutors then asked members of the SWAT team what kind of force they used, while placing him under arrest for capital murder.

On Thursday, the jury got to watch McKane's police interrogation, hearing him confess to murdering Marconi.

 The interview with lead homicide detective Mark Duke took place November 21, 2016 -- one day after Marconi's murder outside the public safety headquarters.

The lengthy video is more than three hours long.

Duke works to build a rapport with McKane who became very emotional while talking about the custody battle over his six-year-old son.

"Man, I hear you. Bro, I don't know how you made it this long," Duke can be heard saying in the video. 

"You're right man, and she keep him away from me like I ain't nothing," McKane says.

Watching the video back in the courtroom, McKane became emotional on Thursday.

There were also some lighter moments during the trial, when they mention McKane's high school athletic success.

McKane says he was simple mad about a child custody dispute and shot the first person he saw.

Testimony picks back up on Friday.

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