Ex-Houston police officer charged with murder over raid

Aug 23, 2019, 1:50 PM
FILE - In this  July 25, 2019 file photo John Nicholas, brother of Rhogena Nicholas, lowers his hea...
FILE - In this July 25, 2019 file photo John Nicholas, brother of Rhogena Nicholas, lowers his head next to a photo of his sister during a news conference in Houston. A former Houston police officer has been charged with felony murder in connection with a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured several officers, prosecutors announced Friday, Aug. 23. Killed in the shooting were 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a former Houston police officer with felony murder in connection with a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple and injured several officers.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against former officer Gerald Goines on Friday. Another former officer was charged with tampering with a government record.

Goines’ attorney previously said he has done nothing wrong. Goines and other officers were shot during the Jan. 28 raid, and 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle were killed.

The raid came under scrutiny after police alleged Goines lied to obtain a search warrant.

Family and friends of Tuttle and Nicholas have continuously dismissed allegations the couple sold drugs. Police found small amounts of marijuana and cocaine in the home but no heroin.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against Goines at a press conference Friday. Another officer was charged with tampering with a government record.

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