Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, of San Antonio, was arrested on a capital murder charge Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of Det. Benjamin Marconi. The detective was shot as he sat in his squad car Sunday after making a traffic stop. Authorities have said a gunman walked up to Marconi’s driver’s-side window and fired.
McKane was arrested around 4:30 Monday afternoon after the car he was riding in with an unidentified woman and a two-year-old child was stopped on an interstate, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. McKane and a woman obtained the license at the Bexar County Courthouse just before 10 a.m. Monday – after the shooting, but before his arrest.
MySanAntonio.com reports McKane married the woman after obtaining a magistrate’s waiver from the customary 72-hour waiting period after a marriage license is issued. The same judge who signed the waiver performed the ceremony at the “heavily secured” courthouse, the website reported.
The judge did not comment to the website.
San Antonio police couldn’t confirm to CBS News whether McKane’s new wife had been questioned or whether she was the person riding in the car with him at the time of his arrest, but the website reports the woman owns the car. Police also couldn’t say whether the child was related to one or both. CBS News is not identifying the woman listed on the marriage license because she has not been charged in the case.
McManus has said Marconi, 50, was targeted because of his “uniform.” McKane told reporters after his arrest he was angry about a child-custody battle and “lashed out at somebody who didn’t deserve it.”
McKane said he wanted to apologize to the family of the slain officer. He faces a capital murder charge. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.