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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 via a stranger with doubtless no own motivation. In an instinctive try to protect himself, Harris wrestled his assailant to the ground—where he died inside of minutes.

To many, Harris' activities gave the impression of comprehensible self-defense. yet he used to be quickly stuck up in a media frenzy because the neighborhood District legal professional 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 real literary prowess and a deep figuring out of the style. the writer of the best-selling titles Murdered, Homicidal, and Mistried, Alexander presents compelling storytelling and new eye-witness debts to convey this tale to life.

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A major journalist with a profession spanning a long time, Paul Alexander has...

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I’ll have a Heineken, a Red Bull, and a cold glass,” the man said. He was dark skinned, and spoke with a thick accent that was hard to understand. While it sounded to Lauren as though he were from Africa, it wasn’t until much later that she learned he was from Nigeria, and living in the United States for only four months. He had a casual look about him, dressed in a white polo shirt, blue jeans, and black athletic shoes. He was neatly groomed, with a thin moustache and modest goatee. When Lauren delivered his order, he asked if he should pay after each round or settle up at the end of the night.

Tommy could not understand why he was being treated like a criminal when he had merely helped a friend who had asked him to do a favor. What Tommy did not fully understand was that, because his version of events did not match the one offered by Beau, Stafford police were suspicious of Tommy from the start. He would have discovered the discrepancies had he been able to talk to Beau, but police procedure prevented that. On this point, Beau said Okhueleigbe attacked Lauren in the parking lot, which triggered Tommy to get into a fight with him.

A pause. ” April was only slightly taken aback. After all, she was a bartender. She was used to customers hitting on her. It came with the territory. She had a standard comeback line. “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.

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