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.
Court docket 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 court docket, got here below evaluate because the FBI launched an investigation into whether or not any civil rights have been violated through 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 mentioned 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, mentioned prosecutors knowledgeable him Wednesday that the case can be dismissed “within the curiosity of justice.” He mentioned he believes Goines’ involvement was “an element.”
Final week, Houston Police Chief Artwork Acevedo mentioned Goines lied within the affidavit that justified the warrant for the Jan. 28 raid on a house wherein Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, have been killed.
DeBorde has mentioned 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 court docket proceedings.
Every case shall be reviewed individually and not one of the different pending instances have been dismissed, Schiller mentioned.
Related Press author Terry Wallace contributed to this report.