DALLAS — A Central Texas man who shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy entering his home will not be charged with capital murder, attorneys said Thursday.
A local grand jury declined Wednesday to indict Henry Goedrich Magee for the Dec. 19 death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was part of a group of investigators executing a search warrant for Magee’s rural home.
We are seeing cases like this and probably will see more in the future. But same as SWAT, No-Knock warrants have been abused for too long on entries that did not need such strategy.
Again we do not see here a case where the police was attacking a Drug Cartel hideout filled with guns and crazed enforcers, but some local yahoo who “had a small number of marijuana plants and seedlings” probably for his personal use. Was it worth the life of the Deputy? Simple answer is no.
The suspect is still going down for the possession & weapons charge and probably will get the full attention to the DA to make sure he gets nailed to the wall and then some. But I bet little effort will be paid to the review of the use of dynamic entries for crimes that do not require it, at least not till more officers and civilians get unnecessarily killed.