Accused by Paul Alexander

By Paul Alexander

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

To many, Harris' activities gave the look of 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 actual literary prowess and a deep knowing of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander presents compelling storytelling and new eye-witness debts to convey this tale to life.

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A best journalist with a profession spanning a long time, Paul Alexander has...

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Accused

On a Fourth of July night in 2009, off-duty Houston police officer Tommy Harris used to be assaulted by way of a stranger with possible no own motivation. In an instinctive try and shield himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside mins. To many, Harris' activities looked like comprehensible self-defense.

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When Roger died, Tommy would not let his mother stay by herself,” a friend says. ” This arrangement did not change when Tommy married his girlfriend, Kristian, around Thanksgiving in 2008. “That was part of his relationship with Kristian,” the friend says. “She had to understand he was not going to leave his mother by herself. ” Tonight, Tommy was planning on ending up at his mother’s house after he and John finished at Studio 59; she did not live far away. Because Kristian, an assistant manager with Amegy Bank of Texas, was working late, Tommy and John—such close friends that John was best man in Tommy’s wedding—had decided to make an evening of it.

Once the ambulance had left, as police waited to see what would happen at the hospital, Ramirez had a brief conversation with Tommy. ” Ramirez asked at one point. Tommy told him the man had passed out. Ramirez then took out a handheld digital recorder to document Tommy’s comments. He asked him to describe briefly what occurred. “I was asked to watch a bartender out to her car,” Tommy said. “Walked out, dude jumped out of the car, came over and I intervened. He swung at me. ” “You say he swung at you.

Then again, she wasn’t all that fond of Beau—period. “I certainly wouldn’t choose him to run my business for me,” she said later. ” Because of the words she had with Lilly and Beau, and because she wasn’t making any money, Lauren had decided tonight would be her last shift. She was not going to play out a two-week notice. She was merely going to leave at the end of her shift and not come back. Lauren had greeted the new customer the way she did—“Welcome back”—because the man had already been in the bar that night.

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