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Houston prosecutors drop 27 drug cases tied to 2 officers embroiled in scandal

Posted at 8:36 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 21:36:06-04

HOUSTON (NBC) — Prosecutors on Friday said they plan to dismiss 27 pending court cases linked to two former Houston police officers who are being investigated after a deadly drug raid in January.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said the cases are being dismissed “due to concerns about the credibility” of former officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant.

“Truthfulness is essential in a case that must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. We can’t vouch for these officers’ credibility,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement.

Goines and three other officers were shot in a gunfight that killed 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas, who both lived in the home where the Jan. 28 raid occurred. A fifth officer injured his knee during the shooting.

Bryant and Goines were relieved of duty after the deadly raid in a working-class Houston neighborhood.