Investigator charged with intoxicated manslaughter in fatal wreck

Shelley Nicodemus, 45, died in a motorcycle crash

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KATY, Texas - A former investigator has been accused of driving a motorcycle while intoxicated in a wreck that killed his colleague.

Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies said Moses Perez has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle after an internal affairs investigation.

Deputies said the crash happened in Katy on Oct. 28, 2012. Investigator Shelley Nicodemus, 45, was a passenger on the motorcycle when it crashed on the feeder road of Interstate 10 near Pin Oak Road.

Detectives said Perez appeared to have hit a curb. That caused the motorcycle to skid, investigators said.

Nicodemus' body was found about 30 feet from the motorcycle, investigators said. She died at the scene.

Perez was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He suffered head and back injuries.

According to deputies, the internal affairs investigation showed that Perez was in violation of sheriff's office policy. That finding was followed by an order for termination at the sheriff's office on Feb. 22.

Perez decided to retire from the sheriff's office effective Feb. 22 in lieu of termination, deputies said.

Perez was indicted by the Fort Bend County Grand Jury on Monday and turned himself in at the Fort Bend County Jail on Wednesday morning. He was released after posting bail on a $10,000 bond, deputies said.

Perez was a detective in the burglary and theft unit of the criminal investigations division. He had been with the sheriff's office in various assignments since July 2, 1990. 

Nicodemus worked in the special crimes unit and the criminal investigation division. She had been with the sheriff's office for about 20 years.

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