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Analysis posted Feb 07 2014, 4:01 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Texas Grand Jury Rejects Murder Charges For Man Who Shot Deputy During No-Knock Raid

Chris | InformationLiberation

In an astonishing ruling, a Texas grand jury declined to press capital murder charges against a man who shot and killed a law enforcement officer executing a no-knock raid on his home. A Burleson County SWAT team raided the man's home near Snook on December 19th of last year.

28-year-old Henry Goedrich Magee said he shot and killed Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, because he thought he was being robbed and acted to protect his pregnant girlfriend and children.

Pictured: Henry Goedrich Magee

"He did what a lot of people would have done [...] He defended himself and his girlfriend and his home," said Dick DeGuerin, Magee's lawyer.

The jury agreed, citing a lack of evidence Magee knew the invader was actually a law enforcement officer, they neglected to charge him despite his being a "cop killer."

Magee's assumption he was being robbed was actually correct, the deputies had planned to rob him, albeit "legally." Their warrant to raid him was over some alleged marijuana plants an informant said he was growing, as well as some "illegal guns" the informant said he owned. While they did find him growing marijuana, all his guns were owned legally, so all they got from their armed invasion was some pot, which incidentally most Texans want to be legalized.

Pictured: Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders

While the jury declined to indict Magee for capital murder charges, they did indict him for possession of marijuana while in possession of a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony which the state's district attorney, Julie Renken, said she intends to "fully prosecute."

Nonetheless, for the capital murder charge Magee had bail set at $1 million and was facing life in prison without parole and possible death by lethal injection, instead he'll likely be released on bond and soon reunited with his family.
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Posted: Feb 07 2014, 7:22 AM

6655 Good. Maybe the tide is finally turning.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 9:49 AM

151213 I see nothing wrong with this, being a Texan first, and American second!

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 9:59 AM

1877 This should happen more often.Most police have become nothing more that criminals with a badge

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 10:02 AM

70196 Perhaps risk/reward will be examined more closely. What a tragic loss for Sowder family.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 10:16 AM

6641 The system is broken when all someone has to do is lie to the police and they will kick in your door and if you shoot them when they kick in your door, then your a "cop killer"?? Cops are pushing us toward revolution faster than the politicians.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 10:18 AM

9788 There is no excuse of no knock raids unless it's a hostage situation. It's about time the people stood up to the thugs with badges, well done Texas.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 10:27 AM

174116 This is a sad situation. I'm sure that the police could have cut off the sewage pipe to the house, alerted the owner of the home of their warrant and entered the house. It would have saved a life, taken more time, but have been much less risky.

If anyone is at fault here it is those who set the procedures for making arrests.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 10:56 AM

98234 Sadly, this will result in more civilian deaths at the hands of cops who feared the Citizen was holding a weapon when the cop busts into the home. It's going to get worse before it gets better.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 11:03 AM

192211 While I'm not "happy" with the death of anyone, cops need to understand they are not empowered to do whatever they want and get away with it. I foresee many more dead cops as a result of their increasingly violent and arbitrary actions including no-knock raids. In fact, I'm counting on it as a legal measure to fight back against tyranny. If anyone breaks into your house, shoot first and ask questions later. Your life depends on it.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 11:10 AM

17425 Too fucking bad for the motard cop, now he may turn in his grave that he was not vindicated. POS. Maybe now his higher ups will use some fucking common sense and quit acting like a standing Army in small town America.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 12:28 PM

670 It's good to see that the people are not totally stupid. The law enforcement and government and the people pulling the government's strings are all still horribly corupt though.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 12:29 PM

10884 Notice to all cops: I would do the same thing if someone was kicking down my door.

The more these no-knock SWAT raids are used, the more cops will die. The cops could have arrested this guy peacefully when he left his home and searched the home after he was in cuffs
Matthew DeForge

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 1:07 PM

17358 the police in this country are out of hand, they are heroes, they are bullies and punks. every police officer should be forced to wear a camera at all times.
Matthew DeForge

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 1:08 PM

17358 not heroes. damn typos

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 1:10 PM

112209 The only part I don't get is what is so "astonishing" about the ruling. Someone bursts into your home unannounced, and you shoot in self defense. So what if it is a cop? Are you supposed to have ESP now before you can legitimately do self defense?

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 1:20 PM

9945 Finally something that might make cops feel a bit less like they are above the law and can do whatever they want. Yes he had a warrant, but maybe the next time the officers might stop and access the situation logically if their life could be in danger.

Now we have a dead cop because a family man decided to grow some plants that the majority of people see no harm in.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 1:47 PM

9823 Stupid cop = Dead cop.

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 2:17 PM

108228 It's a shame that a deputy had to die, and it's a shame that the homeowner had to shoot someone breaking down his door.
Is it just me, or do our police seem to use the "no-knock" warrants more often than in the past? It seems to me that maybe our law enforcement types are getting a little bit lazy - instead of doing the legwork required to build a case and then get a warrant to arrest, they've become satisfied with just-kick-the-door-down and get whatever evidence you can while everyone in the house is held at gunpoint.
It's in our own self-interest to make sure that we elect the right leaders - and hold them accountable for bad decisions. Shiny badges don't make for special privileges...

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 2:42 PM

64235 I could just stand up and dance right here. Thank God for a sensible jury!

Posted: Feb 07 2014, 3:39 PM

66104 2 comments:

a) This is fantastic news re: the GJ rejecting the State's bogus claim of murder.

b) what I finding troubling is the way Chris wrote the article. I'm presuming was written by him. Aside from direct quotes from others, why is he stating it's an astonishing ruling....and "they neglected to charge him." ?

why not write the article that the jury logically made the correct decision in regarding to man protecting himself and his family. Naturally the jury rejected the prosecutor's false claims.

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