A grand jury on Thursday arrested six former Houston police officers with a total of 17 counties for their roles in a January 17 botched drug raid that killed a couple.
On January 28, 2019, after an investigation into the raid, police alleged that Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot during the raid, lied in a search warrant that a confidential informant had bought heroin in the house. Officials said the parents later admitted that there were no informers and bought the drugs themselves.
His partner at the time, 46-year-old Steven Bryant, is accused of giving false information in a report after the raid that supported Goines’ story about a confidential informant.
Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rogena Nichols and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and their dogs. His family and friends have consistently denied allegations that the couple had sold drugs. Police found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the home, but no heroin. During the raid, four officers were shot and wounded, and a fifth injured his knee.
Goin was previously charged with felony and tampering with government records. He was convicted in an additional felony case on Thursday. Felony charges carry life imprisonment.
The District Attorney’s Friday statement said that hundreds of defendants arrested by Goins have been informed that there may be a problem with their convicts. The defendants have been provided with court-appointed counsel.
Bryant was previously charged with tampering with government records.
Three former supervisors and a former senior police officer were also involved in the charges of hooliganism on Thursday.
According to a statement released by Harris County Attorney Kim Ogg’s office, “the charges include using misinformation to obtain judges to sign search warrants, falsifying time sheets, trespassing Inserting false information and falsifying government documents “. Friday.
“These signs reinforce our decision to prosecute corruption, greed and corruption in this troubled Houston Police Division,” Ogg said. “We look forward to presenting all the evidence to the court for a jury and the people of Harris County.”
Six officers were initially charged on 1 July.
Gönts’ attorney said the indictment was inconclusive. “No new information is here,” Nicole de Borde told NBC News. “This time Ogg’s announcement is another opportunity for him to talk to the press about the same thing – a piece of new information has not come out.”
“Mr. Goons is fully following all court orders and is under house arrest and undergoing corrective surgery even after being shot in the face during a Harding Street investigation,” she said, referring to the raid.
Bryant’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Goans and Bryant were relieved of duty after the shooting and later retired.