Raid victim's family alleges cover-up with wage theft

The family of a woman killed in the Harding Street raid also claims the DA's office didn't review important evidence before closing the case.

Video Transcript

TOM ABRAHAMS: It's been more than two years since the Harding Street raid went bad. It's hard to believe, in some ways, that it's been that long because the specter still looms over the city and the Houston Police Department as both the criminal and civil cases slowly move forward.

One of the suits is from the family of Rhogena Nicholas, one of two killed when the botched raid based on allegedly falsified warrants ended in a hail of gunfire. That was January, 2019. Now, some 27 months later, the family asserts in newly-filed documents the city is dragging its feet trying to delay the case and that the district attorney's office never fully investigated the evidence.

- The city and the officers involved who have been named party were trying to stop the family from actually getting the evidence that they've been trying to get for two years to identify who actually murdered Regina-- at least from the forensic evidence-- fired blindly through a wall, as well as the evidence of friendly fire. The stuff that's never been looked at.

TOM ABRAHAMS: For its part, the city won't comment, giving us this statement, which read, "we do not discuss litigation in public or through the media. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, the process will work its way through the legal system." After initially declining comment, the Harris County DA's office sent us this statement defending their work. "Prosecutors have reviewed thousands of pages of documents, numerous lab reports, and an array of other evidence, as our work continues to bring justice to the families of Rhogena Nicholas, Dennis Tuttle, and the entire community.

And we will have more on these newly filed documents in the civil court case, along with an explanation of how the case has unfolded over the last 27 months coming up at 6:30. Reporting live, Tom Abrahams, ABC13 Eyewitness News.

- Tom, there are so many elements to this story-- disturbing elements. But where do the criminal cases now stand against the two officers facing the most serious charges?

TOM ABRAHAMS: Yeah, there are 12 officers that are facing criminal charges. Those two you mentioned-- Goines and Bryant-- they are next due in court for their criminal case in June.

- Very good. Thank you, Tom. Appreciate that live report.