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By Paul Alexander

On a Fourth of July night in 2009, off-duty Houston police officer Tommy Harris was once assaulted through a stranger with likely no own motivation. In an instinctive try and guard himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside of minutes.

To many, Harris' activities looked like comprehensible self-defense. yet he was once quickly stuck up in a media frenzy because the neighborhood District lawyer latched onto the case as a part of his bid for re-election. Paul Alexander's account of the botched police research, the District Attorney's competitive zeal, and the ordeal of a guy stuck among the 2 demonstrates precise literary prowess and a deep figuring out of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander presents compelling storytelling and new eye-witness debts to carry this tale to life.


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Harris stated that he then stopped Sylvanus and asked what he was doing, and that was when Sylvanus swung at Harris at least once, but not striking him. ’ I asked Harris if he had ‘choked out’ Sylvanus and he nodded his head in agreement. I then asked Harris to give a recorded statement and he agreed…. ” Needless to say, this information, while inaccurate, could be used to build a case against Tommy—and with his own words. ” In point of fact, Beau never said he saw Tommy place Okhueleigbe in a rear choke, only that he told him to put him in a side choke, which Beau did not see Tommy do.

Schaffer had already let it be known what the cornerstone of her campaign would be: Healey ran an operation that sought to secure convictions whether or not the accused was guilty. For Healey, it would be beneficial for him to counteract Schaefer, who was said to be announcing her candidacy in mid-July, with a case that would get extensive media coverage, especially if it made the Fort Bend County District Attorney appear to be the defender of justice. As the morning of July the Fourth passed, Healey decided he did not have enough evidence to hold Tommy Harris, so he informed Virata to release him but not before Tommy was photographed by Officer Germany (who needed to document Tommy’s injuries, which consisted of one tiny cut on one knuckle) and left his clothes behind as evidence.

M. Two hours ago, Sylvanus Okhueleigbe had stopped in for a drink in a nearly empty bar in the quiet Houston suburb of Stafford, Texas. Now he was dead. 3 James Pavlock relayed the news to Sergeant James Leedom, who was among the growing number of police personnel now gathered in the parking lot at Studio 59. With this development, law enforcement had to make a decision. Was the death the result of natural causes? Was it accidental? Or was it a homicide? Stafford police were already leaning toward declaring it a homicide.

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