Former Houston officers at center of botched drug raid indicted again

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The former Houston police officers at the center of the controversial shooting death of two Houston residents during a drug raid were indicted by a Harris County grand jury Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

Gerald Goines was indicted for felony murder in the deaths of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas. Goines and his former partner, Steven Bryant, were both indicted on charges of tampering with a government document. The two also face the same charges in federal court, the newspaper reported.

Goines and Bryant led a raid at Tuttle’s home on Jan. 28, 2019, in search of heroin; gunfire quickly erupted after officers broke down the front door. The shooting led to the deaths of Tuttle and Nicholas and injuries to five officers, including one who remains paralyzed, the Chronicle reported. 

The raid only uncovered small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. District Attorney Kim Ogg said when she revealed murder charges against Goines in August that investigators believe he lied about using a confidential informant to buy heroin. 

Investigators say Bryant lied in a police offense report about helping Goines with the investigation and falsely claimed the two had recovered a bag containing heroin.

Ogg said Wednesday that all 11 members of the narcotics squad involved in the raid will be under the “prosecutorial microscope.” She asked residents with any knowledge of police misconduct to speak with her office.

“Our charge is to find justice for these victims and all the people of Harris County whose trust has been betrayed by these officers,” Ogg said. “In this case, because officers lied, people died. And now, our community demands the truth.”

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