Suspected cop killer's court appearance reset

DA prosecuting capital murder case against Harlem Lewis

HOUSTON - A man accused of killing a Bellaire police officer and a bystander was scheduled to be be in court Wednesday morning, but his case was reset.

Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson will be prosecuting the capital murder case against Harlem Lewis, 21.

Lewis is accused of gunning down Bellaire police sergeant Jimmie Norman and an innocent bystander, Terry Taylor, on Christmas Eve outside a southeast Houston auto parts store. Norman had tried to pull over Lewis in a traffic stop when a short chase ensued.

Lewis is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning.

Anderson, who was sworn into office this week, said he will be taking a different approach to the job and in the courtroom.  It's likely he will pursue the death penalty.

"When a citizen comes to the aid of a police officer and is killed for his trouble, that's a very serious offense," Anderson said.

Anderson is a Republican and a former judge.  According to reports, he is aiming not only to raise the productivity and morale of his staff, but is also going to be more aggressive about prosecution.

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