The Houston Police Department has agreed to concede voluminous confidential records on the use of police informants by one of the officers wounded in the bungled Pecan Park drug investigation. The agreement came in response to a threat from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to subpoena the information.
At the same time, District Attorney Kim Ogg is asking the Harris County Commissioners Court for seven new felony prosecutors and three new investigators, at a cost of $1.7 million a year, to handle those records and the avalanche of information in the Pecan Park investigation, according to a Houston Chronicle story.
The gun battle that followed the Jan. 28 police raid on the home at 7815 Harding St. in the city’s Pecan Park neighborhood left the owners, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicolas, 58, dead and four Houston police officers wounded.
Prosecutors investigating confidential informants used by Gerald Goines, one of the wounded officers, requested records of informants used in connection with the raid and other informant records dating back to January 2014, according to another Chronicle story.
Goines, the officer who got the search warrant for the Pecan Park home, is alleged to have lied when he told investigators a confidential informant had reported previously purchasing heroin in the home, the story said.
“The Harding Street case is huge and more complex than most other cases,” Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said in a statement. “From possible misconduct to the use of confidential informants, we must review everything and get it right.”
The commissioners court is expected to consider funding the 10 new DA’s positions sometime during its regular meeting today. Commissioners rejected a $21 million budget increase request from the Ogg’s office earlier this year.