Jury Sentences Richardson Cop Killer Brandon McCall To Death

Alan Scaia
February 28, 2020 - 5:57 am
Brandon McCall mugshot

Credit: Collin County Jail

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MCKINNEY (1080 KRLD) - A Collin County jury has returned a death sentence for the man convicted of killing a Richardson police officer in February of 2018. The jury found Brandon McCall guilty of killing Officer David Sherrard last week.

The jury was choosing between a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole and the death penalty. After more than eight hours Thursday, the jury returned the death sentence.

"You sent a message that if you kill a cop in Texas, we're going to give you a fair trial, and in the end, you're going to die," Judge John Roach told the jury after the sentence was announced about 10 p.m. Thursday.

"I'm so happy we're in Collin County, and there are good people in Collin County who are willing to hold evil accountable for what they do," Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey said.

Prosecutors argued the death penalty was justice for Sherrard, his family and other police officers.

Sherrard was one of the officers who responded to a shooting call at an apartment where McCall was staying in 2018. Police say McCall had killed his roommate and ambushed police, killing Sherrard. The assistant district attorney who led the prosecution's case called McCall a "cold-blooded, calculated cop-killer."

"It's been a long two years. It's been a long two weeks, and it's been a very long day," Sherrard's wife, Nicole, said after the sentence was announced. "I am very grateful and feel very blessed that the jury decided to go with the death penalty."

McCall's lawyers said he should be sentenced to life in prison because he was neglected as a child, which led to homelessness and drug addiction.​ The death sentence triggers an automatic appeal.