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McClees Law Firm Helps Secure Acquittal of Deputy Accused of Shooting Unarmed Man

Posted by Ed McClees | Aug 19, 2019

Ed McClees along with co-counsel Wes Rucker and Lisa Andrews secured an acquittal for a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy charged with Aggravated Assault by a Peace Officer, which carries the same punishment range as murder.  When the deputy was indicted, the Harris County District Attorney's Office held a press conference where they talked about the decedent being unarmed, and others talked to the press about the decedent suffering from mental illness.

In trial the defense team showed the jury the rest of the story.  Contrary to certain press reports, the jury heard evidence that the decedent was suffering from a phenomenon known as excited delirium as a result of being high on the drug phencyclidine, which is commonly known as PCP.  The defense team pointed out that the decedent ignored multiple commands to get on the ground and continued to advance within feet of the officer.  The defense team presented evidence showing the danger that this posed to the deputy and to the nearby citizens. 

Through exhaustive pretrial preparation, the defense team located important eye witnesses and presented those witnesses at trial. “We are relieved that the jury did the right thing after hearing all of the evidence in this case,” said Ed McClees. 

About the Author

Ed McClees

Ed is a criminal trial lawyer who is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is a former Harris County District Attorney where he served as chief of the Organized Crime Section, prosecuting cases involving complex organized criminal activities, including Fr...

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