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Charges reversed for man serving 25-year sentence due to perjury, false evidence presented by ex-HPD officer Gerald Goines: DA

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HOUSTON – A man charged with possession of controlled substance has been reversed due to findings of perjury and false evidence that was presented by former Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said.

Goines, who is tied to a deadly botched home invasion that left a couple dead, was arrested and charged for his role in the incident in 2019. Goines faces two counts of murder in Rhogena Nicholas’ and Dennis Tuttle’s deaths. Several other HPD officers are accused of falsifying documents about drug payments to informants in the deadly Harding Street raid case.

(Recap of the raid)

Frederick Jeffery is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for possession of a controlled substance, according to the DA. Jeffery was convicted in 2018 based on almost exclusively on Goines’ testimony.

Prosecutors agreed Thursday that Jeffery is entitled to a bond while the Court of Criminal Appeals reviews the new evidence.

“Frederick Jeffery’s case is a due process disaster,” said Kim Ogg, Harris County district attorney. “In the wake of Harding Street, it is clear that Gerald Goines and other members of the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division engaged in a years-long scheme involving fictional drug buys, perjured warrants and phony overtime. Individuals like Frederick Jeffery were collateral damage.”

According to the DA, Goines’ case is pending. He also faces federal charges for violating the civil rights of Tuttle and Nicholas.

In Jeffery’s case, prosecutors said that new evidence supports the conclusion that Goines lied in his affidavit supporting the warrant to search a house in the 2800 block of Nettleton Street. A controlled buy used as the basis to obtain a search warrant was fictional. The State also now believes Goines lied at trial about a statement Jeffery purportedly made regarding ownership of a cell phone linking him to the narcotics found in the home.

In Jeffery’s case, prosecutors said that new evidence supports the conclusion that Goines lied in his affidavit supporting the warrant to search a house in the 2800 block of Nettleton Street. A controlled buy used as the basis to obtain a search warrant was fictional. The State also now believes Goines lied at trial about a statement Jeffery purportedly made regarding ownership of a cell phone linking him to the narcotics found in the home.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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