Two Houston gang members charged within the homicide of a New Orleans police detective and wounding his good friend insist that neither of them pulled the set off throughout a botched daytime theft at a restaurant.
Frederick Jackson, 19, and Anthony Jenkins, 21, stated in separate police interviews that they have been each in a getaway car when Detective Everett Briscoe, 41, was fatally shot and Dyrin Riculfy was injured on Aug. 21 on the Grotto Ristorante close to The Galleria shopping center, KTRK-TV reported.
Harris County prosecutors revealed the knowledge from court docket paperwork throughout separate court docket appearances by every defendant on Monday.
Each suspects stated they have been on the busy location concentrating on folks for high-priced jewellery robberies and have been inside a Nissan Altima whereas another person dedicated the lethal theft. Each have data for violent crimes and have been out on bond for different circumstances on the time of the slaying.
Jenkins is charged with capital homicide, tried homicide, tampering and fabricating proof, aggravated theft with a lethal weapon and aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. Jackson faces capital homicide and tried capital homicide costs.
Each are in custody and a 3rd particular person is being sought in connection to the killing. Bond hearings for the pair are scheduled for Wednesday.
Briscoe had simply arrived in Houston from New Orleans with pals after they checked their luggage right into a lodge and walked over to the restaurant.
Whereas they have been on the restaurant patio, two males tried to rob the group and opened fireplace, prosecutors stated. Briscoe, a 13-year police veteran and married father of two, was pronounced lifeless on the scene. His physique was escorted to New Orleans final week and laid to relaxation.
Riculfy stays hospitalized in crucial situation.
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On Friday, Houston officers introduced that each suspects had been taken into police custody. Harris County District Lawyer Kim Ogg stated that “loss of life is on the desk,” signaling she might search the loss of life penalty for each defendants.
Authorities stated the pair was seen on safety video stalking potential theft victims within the space the place the killing occurred. Ogg speculated that they may have been committing robberies to boost bail cash for a good friend.