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Mesa officer pleads not guilty in shooting death of Texas man

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Philip Brailsford made his first court appearance on Tuesday. He's seen with defense attorney Craig Mehrens. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Philip Brailsford made his first court appearance on Tuesday. He's seen with defense attorney Craig Mehrens. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford leaves court after a hearing on March 15, 2016 (Photo source: KPHO/KTVK) Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford leaves court after a hearing on March 15, 2016 (Photo source: KPHO/KTVK)
La Quinta Inn & Suites on East Superstition Springs Boulevard (Source: KPHO/KTVK) La Quinta Inn & Suites on East Superstition Springs Boulevard (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Police said Daniel Shaver was not fully complying with officers' commands. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Police said Daniel Shaver was not fully complying with officers' commands. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Laney Sweet, the victim's wife, asked the judge that a fair bond be set for Brailsford. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Laney Sweet, the victim's wife, asked the judge that a fair bond be set for Brailsford. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Mesa police officer accused of shooting an unarmed Texas man at a hotel pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during his initial court appearance Tuesday morning.

Maricopa County prosecutors say Philip Brailsford unjustifiably fired five shots, killing Daniel Shaver, on Jan. 18.

Laney Sweet, Shaver's wife, choked up when she asked the judge that this be treated like all other second-degree murder charges.

"On behalf of my daughters and, I would like to request a fair bond be set to validate that my husband’s life had value and meaning," Sweet said. "Having no bond sends the message my husband’s life had zero value." 

[Raw video: First court appearance for Officer Philip Brailsford]

Her attorney, Marc Victor, addressed the judge and expressed how tough it has been for the family.

"It’s been very difficult for them," Victor said. "The stress, the anxiety, the depression it has caused for them. They get some relief knowing the county attorney has filed a second-degree murder charge. However, they’re concerned, as well as I am,  regarding the release conditions." 

Victor wanted a six-figure bond posted, noting it seemed like Brailsford was being treated differently than any other person facing a murder charge.

Judge Sam Myers ruled that Brailsford will have a supervised release to pre-trial services and have no contact with victims or relatives. Myers also ordered Brailsford not to possess any weapons during his release and not return to the scene of the shooting.

"There is no reason to believe my client will not respond to this summons and to any release conditions that you set," defense attorney Craig Mehrens told the judge. "He is not a danger to the community. He has honorably served this community as a Mesa police officer and he was honorably serving this community on the day he responded to that call with the rest of his fellow officers."

Police were called to the La Quinta Inn after guests reported seeing a man point a rifle outside a fifth-floor window.

[RELATED: Attorney: Mesa police officer 'stunned' by murder charge]

They said Shaver allegedly made a motion with his right hand toward his waistline while crawling toward officers.

Mehrens said in an interview on Saturday that Brailsford believes he acted within the guidelines of what he was taught as a police officer.

An attorney for Shaver's parents said during Tuesday's proceeding the attitude of "shoot first, ask questions later" needs to change.

The next court date is a preliminary hearing on May 16 and May 17. .

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