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By Paul Alexander

On a Fourth of July night in 2009, off-duty Houston police officer Tommy Harris was once assaulted by means of a stranger with probably no own motivation. In an instinctive try and protect himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside of 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 precise literary prowess and a deep realizing of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander offers compelling storytelling and new eye-witness debts to carry this tale to life.


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When he let go, the arm flopped to the ground without resistance. Raising the arm again, he released it—with the same result. It was evident that the man was close to death. Even so, Koenig did not start CPR or chest compressions. Neither did Pavlock. A minute passed. Two more cruisers pulled up. More officers got out and walked over to the man lying on the ground. Another minute passed. Another minute passed. More Stafford police arrived. Another minute passed. Another minute passed. By this time, six uniformed Stafford police officers stood in a group ten feet away from the man.

No, I’m married,” she said, which was true. ” “It’s okay,” the man said. “We don’t have to talk all the time, just once a year even. ” April was trying to be nice—the man was a paying customer—but she was ready for the conversation, brief as it was, to be over. Without saying anything else, she walked away. But the counter was built in the shape of a circle, so every time she walked around it—and she was constantly on the go as she worked her shift—she passed the man. “I’m still waiting for your number,” he said the next time she passed.

Still, Healey worried about Elliott, who continued to perform as he always had—forcefully, unapologetically, going after criminals to the maximum extent of the law. On the afternoon of Friday, May 15, 2009, he had done it again. For a man found guilty of vehicular manslaughter—he killed someone while driving drunk—Elliott convinced a judge to hand down the harshest sentence possible—20 years in prison. Calling Elliott into his office at 4:45 to congratulate him, Healey, in an episode that can only be described as bizarre, next instructed him to move the books stacked up on the coffee table.

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