Goines, who faces murder charges and a host of other local and federal charges, made his first public comment last week since the deadly 2019 Harding Street raid.
HOUSTON. A Harris County Judge has denied the lawyers’ motions for former Houston cop Gerald Goines to have two of his indictments overturned. Judge Frank Aguilar is still hearing arguments on the other two indictments.
Defense lawyers claim they are “defective” because they do not explain why Goines was charged.
The former police officer has been charged with murder, along with numerous other local and federal charges, in connection with a police overtime theft scheme.
This came to light after the 2019 Harding Street raid that killed Dennis Tuttle and Rogena Nicholas. They were shot during a failed raid on trumped-up charges. Goines and four other officers were also shot but survived.
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A massive investigation revealed that dozens of defendants were sent to jail on drug charges based on what prosecutors called “lies” by the “dirty cops.”
Goines and five other officers were charged with 15 felonies. He also faces federal organized crime charges.
During last week’s hearing, Goines’ lawyers also demanded a change of venue and alleged prosecutorial misconduct.
“We believe that these allegations are missing some very important parts of the law that would give us the opportunity to properly respond in court,” lawyer Nicole Debord said after the hearing. “The bottom line is that we have the right to know exactly what we are dealing with from the point of view of the prosecution, so that we can fight a fair fight in court.”
The prosecutors claimed that they had already handed over all the evidence and information.
After the hearing, Goines made his first public comment since it all began.
“I just appreciate everything that the court does, and I appreciate all the prayers that are addressed to me. Thank you,” Goines said.
Aftermath on Harding Street
The district attorney’s office had to reopen hundreds of cases involving Goines, and many charges were dropped.
The most recent case involved Frederick Jeffery, who was sentenced to 25 years after being convicted in 2018 on drug charges. Jeffrey was released on bail last July.
“It’s nice because I knew from the very beginning that I was innocent,” Jeffrey said seconds after he got out of jail. “I just had to prove it. God has done everything for me. I did nothing but stay downstairs. ready.
District Attorney Harris Kim Ogg said at the time that Jeffrey’s conviction should be overturned “due to perjury and false evidence” presented by Goines.
Last November, a judge declared him “virtually innocent” and apologized for Jeffrey’s five-plus years behind bars.