Judge: Robert Solis, suspect in Deputy Dhaliwal's slaying, will likely face death penalty

HOUSTON – The man accused of gunning down a Harris County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop Friday, will likely face the death penalty, a judge said Monday. 

Robert Solis, 47, appeared in court for the first time Monday on charges of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal Friday. 

"It's a likely outcome that death be the sentence here," the judge said during the Monday morning hearing. 

Prosecutors said Dhaliwal stopped a car with Solis and a woman inside on Willancy Court near West Road. 

The woman, who was a passenger with Solis said he was just giving her a ride and Dhaliwal allowed another man to pick her up, according to prosecutors. She said Solis admitted to her that he had warrants out for his arrest. 

The woman told investigators Dhaliwal was courteous and professional as he tried to identify Solis before she left.

Prosecutors said as Dhaliwal walked back to his patrol car, Solis got out of the car, ran toward the deputy with a gun and shot him in the back of the head.

Solis then sped away in the car that was later found in a Kroger parking lot, they said.

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