DALLAS – Prosecutors have dismissed one of many instances being re-examined as a result of they concerned a Houston officer accused of mendacity in an affidavit that led to a lethal drug raid final month.
Courtroom information present the drug case in opposition to Courtney Jacobs was dismissed Wednesday, the identical day the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace introduced it should evaluate greater than 1,400 instances labored by Officer Gerald Goines.
The instances, together with greater than 25 pending earlier than a courtroom, got here underneath evaluate because the FBI launched an investigation into whether or not any civil rights had been violated throughout the January raid that left 5 officers, together with Goines, injured and two residents lifeless.
The veteran narcotics officer was discharged Thursday after weeks in Memorial Hermann Hospital, in accordance with his lawyer, Nicole DeBorde.
A spokesman for the district legal professional’s workplace stated Jacobs’ case was dismissed as a result of she’d been in jail for 4 months and prosecutors weren’t able to go to trial. Goines didn’t file the fees in opposition to Jacobs however her case was included within the evaluate as a result of he was current on the arrest, in accordance with Dane Schiller.
Jacobs’ protection legal professional, Marcus Fleming, stated prosecutors knowledgeable him Wednesday that the case could be dismissed “within the curiosity of justice.” He stated he believes Goines’ involvement was “an element.”
Final week, Houston Police Chief Artwork Acevedo stated Goines lied within the affidavit that justified the warrant for the Jan. 28 raid on a house through which Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, had been killed.
DeBorde has stated Goines is harmless of any crime.
The district legal professional’s workplace is within the early phases of reviewing instances Goines dealt with throughout his 34 years with the Houston Police Division and has not but launched the total checklist of courtroom proceedings.
Every case will likely be reviewed individually and not one of the different pending instances have been dismissed, Schiller stated.
Related Press author Terry Wallace contributed to this report.