Posted by Chris @ Information Liberation
In an astonishing ruling, a Texas grand jury declined to press capital murder charges against a man who shot and killed a law enforcement officer executing a no-knock raid on his home. A Burleson County SWAT team raided the man’s home near Snook on December 19th of last year.
28-year-old Henry Goedrich Magee said he shot and killed Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, because he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children.
Pictured: Henry Goedrich Magee
“He did what a lot of people would have done […] He defended himself and his girlfriend and his home,” said Dick DeGuerin, Magee’s lawyer.
The jury agreed, citing a lack of evidence Magee knew the invader was actually a law enforcement officer, they neglected to charge him despite his being a “cop killer.”
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Magee’s assumption he was being robbed was actually correct, the deputies had planned to rob him, albeit “legally.” Their warrant to raid him was over some alleged marijuana plants an informant said he was growing, as well as some “illegal guns” the informant said he owned. While they did find him growing marijuana, all his guns were owned legally, so all they got from their armed invasion was some pot, which incidentally most Texans want to be legalized.
Pictured: Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders
While the jury declined to indict Magee for capital murder charges, they did indict him for possession of marijuana while in possession of a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony which the state’s district attorney, Julie Renken, said she intends to “fully prosecute.”
Nonetheless, for the capital murder charge Magee had bail set at $1 million and was facing life in prison without parole and possible death by lethal injection, instead he’ll likely be released on bond and soon reunited with his family.