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Prosecutors Request Dismissal Of Active Cases Involving Houston Cops Connected To Botched Raid

District Attorney Kim Ogg says they “can’t vouch” for the credibility of former officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant.

The Pecan Park house where two civilians died and four police officers were wounded by gunfire on January 28, 2019, while serving a search warrant.

The fallout from a botched drug raid in Houston earlier this year continues, as Harris County prosecutors are requesting that charges be dismissed in 27 pending criminal cases involving two Houston police officers connected to the deadly incident. A married couple, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, died in the shootout that ensued as HPD officers entered their home. Four officers were wounded by gunfire during the raid, a fifth officer sustained a knee injury. 

The Harris County District Attorney’s office is moving to dismiss all remaining non-adjudicated cases in which former officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant were material witness who could be required to testify. District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a news release on Friday that prosecutors “can’t vouch for these officers’ credibility.”

Goines and Bryant were suspended after the raid and later filed for retirement. In February, Ogg announced that prosecutors would review more than 1,400 criminal cases involving Goines. In March, Ogg expanded the review to 800 cases linked to Bryant.

Kim Ogg
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

All but one of the pending cases were for possessing or selling drugs. The other was for felon in possession of a firearm.

“Truthfulness is essential in a case that must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt,” Ogg said.

The judges in charge of the 27 cases will have to approve the request for dismissal. Four cases involving Goines had previously been dismissed.

HPD is conducting an internal investigation about the raid and the FBI is also conducting a civil rights probe.

Here is the list of the 27 cases

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