6 ex-Houston cops indicted after fatal drug raid

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6 ex-Houston cops indicted after fatal drug raid

Via www.nydailynews.com

More than 18 months after a drug raid left a Texas couple dead, six Houston cops working with a narcotics unit have been indicted, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Former officers Gerald Goines, Steven Bryant, Sgt. Clemente Reyna, Sgt. Thomas Wood. Lt. Robert Gonzales and Hodgie Armstrong, allegedly falsified documentation about drug payments to confidential informants, routinely used false information to get search warrants and fabricated police reports.

The charges, which include tampering with a government record and aggregate theft by a public servant, were first filed weeks ago by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

“These indictments reinforce our decision to prosecute the graft, greed and corruption in this troubled Houston Police division,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Bryant and Goines previously were charged in state and federal court in the case, including two counts of felony murder against Goines for the January 2019 deaths of 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58.

Prosecutors accused Goines of lying to secure a search warrant for the couple’s home. Goines claimed a confidential informant had purchased heroin at the residence, but the informant told investigators the drug buy never occurred, authorities said.

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