Judge frees former Dallas cop charged with capital murder

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When the department announced the charges last month, police said the case against Mr Riser began after Ms Saenz’s body was found in the Trinity River in Dallas on March 10, 2017. She was shot dead in a row. times, police said. .

In September 2017, three men – Kevin Kidd, 28; Emmanuel Kilpatrick, 31 years old; and Jermon Simmons, 35 – were arrested and charged with the murder of Ms Saenz, police said.

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On August 12, 2019, a prosecutor told Dallas Police that one of the men – who was only identified as a “witness” in court documents – wanted to provide information about Mr. Riser’s involvement in the murder of Ms. Saenz, the authorities have said.

The witness told police that he and Mr. Riser had known each other for years and reconnected in 2013 when Mr. Riser contacted him and asked if he “was still doing the things they were doing when they were young, “like committing burglaries, according to court documents.

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The witness said that Mr. Riser initially promised to provide him with information about the drug houses if the witness and his team stole the houses, then kept the drugs and gave the stolen money or weapons to Mr. Riser, police said.

The plan, however, never materialized, the witness said, as Mr. Riser then came up with a plan for Mr. Douglas to be kidnapped and killed for $ 3,500, police said.

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Several days later, the witness said, he and an associate stopped and handcuffed Mr Douglas, put him in a car and drove him to a location near the Trinity River, police said. Mr Douglas was shot and killed and his body thrown into the river, the witness told police.

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