A grand jury on Thursday indicted six former Houston police officers with a total of 17 counts for their roles in a botched January 2019 drug raid that left a couple dead.
The Jan. 28, 2019, raid came under scrutiny after police alleged then-officer Gerald Goines, who was shot during the raid, lied in a search warrant that a confidential informant had bought heroin at the home. Goines later acknowledged there was no informant and that he bought the drugs himself, authorities said.
His partner at the time, Steven Bryant, 46, is accused of providing false information in a report after the raid that supported Goines’ story about a confidential informant.
Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and their dog. Their family and friends have continuously dismissed allegations that the couple sold drugs. Police found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the home but no heroin. During the raid, four officers were shot and wounded, and a fifth injured his knee.
Goines had previously been indicted on charges of felony murder and tampering with government records. He was indicted on additional felony counts Thursday. The felony murder charge carries a life sentence.
Bryant had previously been indicted on charges of tampering with government records.
Three former supervisors and a former senior police officer were also indicted on felony charges Thursday.
“The charges stem from allegations that include using false information to get judges to sign search warrants; falsifying time sheets, putting false information in offense reports and falsifying government documents to steal,” according to a statement from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s office.
“These indictments reinforce our decision to prosecute the graft, greed and corruption in this troubled Houston Police division,” Ogg said. “We look forward to presenting all of the evidence in a courtroom to a jury and the people of Harris County.”
The district attorney said in a statement Thursday that hundreds of defendants arrested by Goines have been notified that there may be problems with their convictions. The defendants have been provided court-appointed lawyers.
Goines’ attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Bryant’s attorney also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Goines and Bryant were relieved of duty after the shooting and later retired.