By Paul Alexander
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 doubtless no own motivation. In an instinctive try to guard himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside minutes.
To many, Harris' activities appeared like comprehensible self-defense. yet he used to be quickly stuck up in a media frenzy because the neighborhood District legal professional 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 knowing of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander presents compelling storytelling and new eye-witness bills to deliver this tale to life.
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Bolting into action, Pavlock and his crew got ready to depart. Along with two rookies, Pavlock climbed in Engine 21, driven tonight by Jonathan Patterson. Lights flashing, the fire truck took off and raced the not-quite-three miles to the club. , the four EMTs collected their equipment and headed for the half dozen or so police officers huddled in the parking lot peering down at a man lying on the ground. As coincidence would have it, Pavlock was met by his brother James, who briefed him on the nature of the emergency.
You need to get EMS and fire department on the way,” he said over the police radio. “He’s non-responsive. ” Returning to the incapacitated man, Pavlock asked Tommy to retrieve his wallet. Pulling it from the man’s back pocket, Tommy handed it to Pavlock, who took out a Texas Driver’s License. It was now they determined who the man was—Sylvanus Obodefe Oklueleigbe, 5' 6", 197 pounds, 30 years old. As they waited for the fire department, Pavlock pulled Beau aside and asked him what happened. “While he was in the parking lot,” Pavlock later said Beau told him, “the guy got out of his car and made a beeline toward my female bartender.
Police were zeroing in on their theory, and now—less than three hours after Okhueleigbe had been pronounced dead—they had an eyewitness, a close friend of Tommy’s no less, who described on camera how Tommy placed the man in a sleeper hold. If he had used excessive force—if while restraining the man he had employed a choke or sleeper hold to kill him—then Tommy Harris, a police officer who knew better, stepped over the line. Okhueleigbe’s death would be ruled a homicide, and Tommy, if held responsible for the death, could face serious consequences.
Accused by Paul Alexander