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The Latest: Case dismissed amid review of Houston cop’s work

February 21, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout following a deadly drug raid in Houston (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Prosecutors have dismissed one of the cases being re-examined because they involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid.

Court records show the drug case against Courtney Jacobs was dismissed Wednesday, the same day the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced it will review more than 1,400 cases tied to Officer Gerald Goines.

The cases are under review following last month’s raid that left five officers wounded and two residents dead.

The district attorney’s office says Jacobs’ case was dismissed because she’d been in jail for four months and prosecutors were not ready to go to trial. A lawyer for Jacobs says prosecutors informed him the case would be dropped, and he believes Goines’ involvement was “a factor.”

The district attorney’s office says none of the cases are being dismissed merely because of Goines’ involvement.

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5 p.m.

A Houston officer who the police chief says lied in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid has been discharged from the hospital.

Officer Gerald Goines’ attorney, Nicole DeBorde, says Goines was discharged Thursday from Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Police Chief Art Acevedo says Goines lied in the affidavit that justified the warrant for the Jan. 28 raid on a home in which a 59-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman died. Four officers, including Goines, were shot as they forcefully entered the home.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing more than 1,400 cases Goines has worked in his 34 years with the Houston Police Department, and the FBI has begun investigating whether the two slain residents’ civil rights were violated.