Former Harris County prosecutor says DA’s office did not want HPD officer to testify in Harding Street Case

HOUSTON – Previous Harris County prosecutor Coby Leslie went from inquiring inquiries in court docket

HOUSTON – Previous Harris County prosecutor Coby Leslie went from inquiring inquiries in court docket to answering them on Friday.

Leslie states his old colleagues at the DA’s business did not want HPD officer Felipe Gallegos to testify prior to a grand jury that in the long run indicted him.

“She especially stated she did not want your shopper to testify for the cause she felt that it was a ruse by you to check out and get details from us,”’ stated Leslie who highlighted two people he worked with in the business office.

The to start with was Assistant District Legal professional Kim Clark.

“Kim Clark informed the grand jury.. he was outdoors..” mentioned Leslie just before prosecutors objected. Decide Frank Aguilar overruled and Leslie continued speaking to Clark’s steps in response to questions by Rusty Hardin, the defense legal professional for Gallegos.

“She informed the grand jury that your consumer was outside the house inclined and all set to testify but she told them we currently have 4 statements from him. We didn’t have to have to hear from him yet again,” explained Leslie.

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Leslie also testified the actions of Former Civil Appropriate Division Main Natasha Sinclair.

“Natasha precisely mentioned that she did not want your customer to testify,” Leslie stated.

Gallegos never ever testified prior to receiving indicted.

Previous month a murder charge in opposition to Gallegos was dropped. The cost was connected to the capturing demise of Dennis Tuttle through the lethal botched raid on Harding Street. At the time District Lawyer Kim Ogg cited Leslie’s “conduct” and “judgement” for his termination and dismissal of the murder cost. Much less than 24 hrs just after his firing, Leslie defended his track record to KPRC 2 Investigates although blaming the DA’s office.

“They experienced to dismiss the scenario because they were being also incompetent and way too inexperienced to know how to get ready a case like that for trial and too arrogant to hear to people today who did. It has completely nothing at all to do with concerns of judgment,” Leslie explained in a statement at the time.

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On Friday, Leslie admitted he considered he was employed as a scapegoat when pressed on the concern by Hardin.

That’s my personalized view, yes.”

When the DA’s office environment was questioned about Leslie’s scapegoat opinions, David Mitcham the DA’s Business Very first Assistant reported “He’s entitled to his perception.”

When KPRC 2 Investigates asked if he was? Mitcham quickly responded, “No”.

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Leslie did testify that he did not witness any prosecutorial misconduct in the course of the grand jury presentation as the grand jury was supplied with possibilities.

KPRC 2′s Lawful Analyst Brian Wice claimed currently was a black eye for Ogg and her group.

“This just one is likely to go away a mark.” Wice said, incorporating it is a further important stumble for Ogg and her crew. “The County’s Chief Legislation Enforcement Officer and her best deputies certainly appear to be to be in more than their heads in superior profile scenarios.”

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Subsequent Leslie’s time on the stand, KPRC 2 Investigates asked Mitcham no matter if or not the DA’s place of work need to have completed anything at all in another way. For a number of seconds Mitcham did not answer just before eventually delivering the pursuing response: “The DA’s business office used the information and facts that we experienced at the time to do what we did.”

The DA’s office environment mentioned last thirty day period they strategy on presenting the Gallegos circumstance after again to a grand jury.

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