Slain Tech Police officer's widow sues Daniels
The wife of Officer Floyd East, Jr., the Texas Tech Police officer killed on-duty two years ago this week, has filed a lawsuit against Hollis Daniels, the accused killer. The suit is filed in the 72nd District Court in Lubbock County.
Carmen East is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Daniels most recently appeared in court in May for a pre-trial hearing in the capital murder case against him. Court records show Officer East was doing paperwork at the Tech PD headquarters with Daniels, a 19-year-old Tech student at the time, in a briefing room. Daniels wasn't in cuffs. Police report Daniels pulled a gun and shot Officer East in the back of the head. Investigators were quick to clarify it was not Officer East's service weapon.
Daniels went on the run, captured a couple hours later on the northern edge of the Tech campus. He was charged with capital murder that night. Federal agents also charged Daniels with possession of a stolen gun, which prevented him from getting out of jail on bond.
In the criminal case, Daniels is now being represented by his third defense attorney. He faces up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty, if convicted. He has not yet filed a response in the civil lawsuit.
Below is the lawsuit: