HARDING STREET RAID
Harris County DA’s Office intervenes in Harding Street civil case to deny information to victims’ families
The family of the victims involved in the 2019 deadly botch raid on Harding Street was slated to receive key evidence from the city of Houston after a judge’s ruling, according to Mike Doyle, the attorney for the family of Rhogena Nicholas.
2 years after deadly Harding Street raid, family still fights for answers
HOUSTON – The families of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle said Thursday they are still fighting for answers as to exactly what happened during the botched Harding Street police raid two years ago. Nicholas, Tuttle and their dog were killed Jan. 28, 2019, when police stormed their home. Former Officer Gerald Goines is accused of using bogus information to get the warrant that led to the raid. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also defended HPD, saying the actions of a few should not taint the many. Many civil rights and police reform activists said what happened on Harding Street further highlights the need for outside oversight.
Family attorney to present new findings from investigation 2 years after Harding Street botched raid involving HPD
HOUSTON – The attorney representing Rhogena Nicholas’ family sent a release saying the family would like 911 calls to be released as well as sworn depositions by some of the Houston Police Department managers involved in the raid. The couple was shot and killed by Houston police officers during a controversial raid inside of their Harding Street home. The Nicholas family was set to appear in a probate court for a hearing Friday afternoon, but the hearing has been delayed. “Today was just the latest effort to put off and delay,” said Mike Doyle, an attorney for the family of Rhogena Nicholas. RELATED: Families of Harding Street raid victims write letter to city for transparency, to release HPD recordingsThe family attorney claims that they will present the new findings from their investigation, along with witness testimony from an expert, a family member and a representative from the Houston Police Department.
State lawmakers, Harding Street families to discuss HPD narcotics audit at site of deadly raid
HOUSTON Texas lawmakers and family members of the two people killed in police raid more than a year ago will discuss Thursday a recently released audit of the Houston Police Departments narcotics division. Since then, a total of six officers and one civilian have been charged in connection with the raid. Prosecutors have said the warrant used to raid the home was obtained by an officer who lied on an affidavit. An audit released Wednesday showed there were more than 400 errors across more than 200 cases brought by the narcotics division. Wu said the lawmakers will also discuss legislation stemming from the raid that they plan to file in the next legislative session.
Families of Harding Street raid victims write letter to city for transparency, to release HPD recordings
HOUSTON – The family of Harding Street raid victims sent the city of Houston a letter for transparency and for the Houston Police Department to release the recordings on what happened that ended in their loved ones death. John Nicholas is the brother of Rhogena Nicholas, the woman who was killed by HPD in last year’s deadly botched raid on Harding Street feels about his sister’s case. Now, the Tuttle and Nicholas families are again asking for the “immediate” release of all recordings connected to the deadly case. He is not alone in demands for transparency from HPD, Lovie Williams Linzer also is calling for transparency,“We want the video released. We want to see the video and we won’t stop,” Linzer said, the aunt and legal guardian of Davion Edison.
DA finds nearly 70 people may have been convicted on false evidence given by Gerald Goines
HOUSTON – Former HPD officer Gerald Goines was indicted on felony murder and tampering with a government record charges following the botched Harding Street Raid. The botched raid caused an investigation to be opened into Goines’ past, and two men convicted because of Goines have been declared innocent. According to District Attorney Kim Ogg, the ongoing investigation has now revealed that 69 people may have been convicted because of false evidence presented by the former narcotics officer. "I don’t think there could be a more important or serious problem to fix in our justice system right now,” said Ogg. Goines was the only witness to the offenses in all the cases, according to the release.
Woman accused of making fake 911 calls in botched Harding Street Raid in custody after violating bond, court records show
HOUSTON – The woman accused of making fake 911 calls, setting into motion the events of the botched Jan. 2019 Harding Street raid that left two people dead, was taken into custody Tuesday after violating the terms of her bond. Patricia Ann Garcia, 53, appeared in court Tuesday and was taken into custody after allegedly violating the conditions of her bond. She allegedly told officials her daughter was inside of the Harding Street home with heavily armed drug dealers. On Jan. 28, 2019, Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle were killed when several police officers burst into their home at 7815 Harding Street. After officers shot the couple’s dog, Tuttle began firing at officers and they returned fire, killing both Nicholas and Tuttle, officials say.
Judge to recommend man’s conviction be overturned after ex-HPD officer Gerald Goines gave false testimony
HOUSTON – A judge said Monday that she will recommend that a man convicted 11 years ago based on the testimony of ex-Houston Police officer Gerald Goines, should be exonerated. Disgraced ex-officer Goines, who is now accused in the botched 2019 Harding Street drug raid, gave testimony that resulted in Mallet’s conviction. Judge Ramona Franklin’s decision came after hearing evidence that Goines gave false testimony during Mallet’s trial. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg joined with Mallet’s defense team to ask the judge to declare Mallet innocent. The Mallet case is one of 14,000 cases worked by Goines that are currently under review by the DA’s office.
Top stories of 2019 (#5): Harding Street raid prompts extensive investigation, multiple federal charges
Two former Houston Police Department officers, Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant, and the neighbor who called 911, Patricia Garcia, are all accused of federal crimes. Twenty-seven pending cases involving officers Goines and Bryant were eventually dropped. The FBI also launched a civil rights investigation into the botched raid in February. If convicted of federal charges, Goines faces up to life in prison. Bryant is charged with falsifying records in a federal investigation.
Judge does not rule during Goines’ detention hearing in Harding Street case
HOUSTON – One of the former Houston Police Officers charged in connection with the botched raid on Harding Street appeared in federal court Friday for an arraignment and detention hearing. During Goines detention hearing Friday, FBI Special Agent O’Neil Brown testified about the investigation. He testified Goines was involved in a sexual relationship with one of his confidential informants. Arguing whether bond should be granted is a tough task in federal court, as opposed to state court where Goines remains on a $300 thousand bond. "We are looking forward to vigorously defending Mr. Goines in state court and in federal court."
Woman accused of calling 911 in Harding Street raid enters not guilty plea, granted bond
HOUSTON – Two Houston police officers and the woman who called 911 are facing federal charges in connection with the botched Harding Street raid. According to court documents, the three lied about happenings at the home on Harding Street, which led to the raid that left Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicolas dead. Bryant is accused of lying about investigating the home and seeing the heroin Goines' reportedly bought from the home, according to court documents. Garcia appeared in federal court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea. She must have verifiable employment and she must reside her mother’s home on Harding Street with a third party in the home for her to be released to.
Who is Patricia Garcia?
Patricia Garcia, a 53-year-old woman, was picked up Wednesday morning from the house directly across the street from the scene of the deadly Jan. 8 raid. Garcia is alleged to have falsely stated her daughter was at the home located at 7815 Harding St. and that she believed there were guns and drugs inside of the residence. Garcia could face up to five years in prison if she is found guilty of conveying false information. What neighbors sayNeighbors and activists said they aren’t surprised by the charges against Garcia. Tommy Arce told KPRC 2 that the residence across the street is his father’s home and that Garcia dated his father, but he said Garcia does not live at the home.
2 former HPD officers, woman face federal charges after Harding Street raid
Related: Autopsy reports for victims in botched Harding Street raid revealedA federal grand jury returned a 9-count indictment on Nov. 14 that was unsealed Wednesday. READ ALSO: ‘Debacle’: Forensic investigator reveals his findings on Harding Street raidBryant’s federal chargeByrant faces one federal charge of falsifying records in a federal investigation. The investigation of the rogue Harding Street raid and the Houston Police Department must continue as far and wide as necessary," wrote Michael Patrick Doyle, LLP. Tuttle then walked out of the backroom and used at .357 revolver to start shooting at officers, Acevedo said. See a timeline of events before, during and after the Harding Street raid below:
Officer charged with murder in connection with deadly botched raid appears in court
HOUSTON - One of the officers charged in the botched Harding Street raid that left two people dead and four officers injured appeared before a judge Monday. Former Houston Police Department narcotics Officer Gerald Goines appeared in court for the first time since he was taken into custody Friday. Goines is charged with two counts of felony murder. During the botched raid, Nicholas was shot several times. A judge set Goines' bond at $300,000 total, $150,000 for each charge.