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Daniels shot father, claimed self-defense
Friday ended a weeklong trial for Frio County jurors who found 25-year-old Caleb Patrick Daniels guilty of murdering his father, 65-year-old Dennis Eldon Daniels, during the summer of 2018.
Daniels was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting crime.
According to the initial police report filed on July 14, 2018, sheriff’s office deputies received a call through emergency dispatch regarding a pair of men who had reportedly shot at one another on a ranch near CR 2000.
Shortly after making the first call for help, Daniels reportedly made a second call to emergency dispatchers disputing his claims in the first call that both the men were injured. This time, Daniels claimed he was uninjured but that his father was in need of medical attention.
Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Rangers arrived at the scene to find that Dennis Daniels had succumbed to gunshot wounds.
Caleb Daniels told investigators that he and his father came to the family ranch in Pearsall to shoot some guns for target practice. The day’s outing turned deadly, however, when the pair began to argue.
During his initial interview with law enforcement, Caleb Daniels claimed to have shot his father in self-defense after his father began shooting at him, a report on the case indicated. Investigating officers learned that two days prior to the murder of his father, Caleb had drafted his last will and testament; the day prior to the murder he mailed a package to a close friend that contained several good-bye letters and detailed instructions on how to send the letters.
Texas Rangers requested a second interview with Caleb after their suspicions were aroused by the man’s apparent behavior. The suspect admitted to shooting his father without provocation and tampering with the scene to indicate the shooting had taken place in self defense.
San Marcos Police officers arrested Caleb Daniels on Saturday, July 28, 2018 after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A Frio County grand jury handed down a first-degree felony charge for murder on October 23, 2018.
Court documents have shown that Caleb Daniels’ mother told jurors her son had admitted to killing his father and staging the crime scene.
“We are grateful to the jurors for their service,” District Attorney Audrey Louis said. “The criminal justice system only works when jurors are willing to serve. We are grateful for their thoughtful reflection in ensuring Mr. Daniels received justice.”