A grand jury on Thursday charged six former Houston police officers with a total of 17 counts for their duties in a January 2019 drug raid that left one couple dead.
The January 28, 2019 raid was scrutinized after alleged police officer Gerald Goines, who was shot during the attack, declared a search warrant that a confidential informant had bought heroin from the home. Goines later acknowledged that there was no informant and that he himself bought the drugs, authorities said.
His then-partner, Steven Bryant, 46, is accused of providing false information in a report following the raid that backed Goines̵7; story about a confidential informant.
Rhogena Nicholas, 58, and Dennis Tuttle, 59, and their dog were killed in the filming. Her family and friends have continually rejected allegations that the couple was selling drugs. Police found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the home, but there was no heroin. During the raid, four officers were shot and injured, and a fifth injured his knee.
Goines had previously been charged with murder for felony and altering government records. He was charged Thursday with additional guilt. The charge of murder for felony sentence to life imprisonment.
A statement from the district attorney said hundreds of defendants arrested by Goines have been notified that there may be problems with their convictions. Defendants have received court-appointed lawyers.
Bryant had previously been charged with falsifying government records.
On Thursday, three former supervisors and a former senior police officer were also charged with criminal charges.
“The charges stem from allegations that include using false information to get judges to sign search warrants; falsifying time sheets, putting false information on offense reports and falsifying government documents to steal,” according to a statement published by the Harris District Attorney’s Office, Kim Ogg. Friday.
“These allegations reinforce our decision to prosecute the graft, greed and corruption in this troubled division of Houston Police,” Ogg said. “We hope to present all the evidence to a court and the people of Harris County.”
The six officers were initially charged on July 1.
Goines’ lawyer said the particular indictment was unquestionable. “There’s no new information here,” Nicole DeBorde told NBC News. “This time, Ogg’s announcement is just an opportunity for her to talk to the press about it; no new information has come out.”
“Mr Goines has fully complied with all court orders and remains under house arrest and undergoing corrective surgery after being shot in the face during the Harding Street investigation,” he added, referring to the raid.
Bryant’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Goines and Bryant were relieved of their duties after the shooting and later retired.