Harris County DA: 69 may have been convicted on ex-officer's false evidence

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says 69 individuals may have been convicted on false evidence from former Houston Police narcotics officer Gerald Goines.

Goines has been indicted for felony murder and tampering with a government record Dennis Tuttle for the botched “no-knock” warrant on Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas.

As a result of an ongoing review of Goines’ work, prosecutors filed motions today requesting judges appoint lawyers for the 69 individuals so they can begin the process of possibly having their Goines-related convictions overturned.

Ogg has concluded that defendants in cases during the period from 2008 to 2019 in which Goines played a substantial role are entitled to a presumption that he provided false evidence to secure their convictions.

“We need to clear people convicted solely on the word of a police officer whom we can no longer trust,” Ogg said

The raid on Harding Street resulted in the shooting of five officers and the deaths of both Tuttle and Nicholas.

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