Two former Texas police officers are facing federal criminal charges after a botched drug raid led to the deaths of the couple that lived in the raided home as well as injuries to several other police. The two men are also facing state charges in the case, including felony murder allegations. Felony murder charges can be pursued when a homicide is committed in the course of committing another crime. The federal charges allege that the 55-year-old and 45-year-old men provided false information that led to the deadly January drug raid.
A 58-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man lost their lives in the deadly raid. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation after the incident. The two together face eight charges in federal court. The 55-year-old was held without bond pending a detention hearing while the 45-year-old was released on bond after entering a not guilty plea. The older man is facing seven charges, including two focused on the denial of the couple's constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures in their home. Specifically, federal prosecutors say that the man lied on multiple reports and documents in order to provoke the botched raid.
The younger man is accused of obstructing justice by falsifying records as he is accused of falsely claiming to have identified heroin purchased at the raided home prior to the raid. Prosecutors also say that the older man claimed to have a confidential informant who bought drugs from the couple, but the informant did not exist. They have not yet alleged a motive for the alleged actions.
If the older man is convicted, he could face up to a life sentence in prison. Given the serious consequences of a conviction for federal crimes, people facing allegations may turn to a criminal defense attorney to challenge police and prosecution accusations.
Source: mySanAntonio.com, " Ex-Houston officers face federal charges in deadly drug raid," Juan A. Lozano, Nov. 20, 2019