Judge orders the release of a former Dallas police officer arrested for murder

Dallas (AP) — Former Dallas Police Department arrested for murder in 2017 after prosecutors agreed that there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case I ordered the release of the official.

After hearing more than three hours of testimony from a Dallas murder detective, Judge Audrey Moorhead of the Dallas County Criminal Court said there was no possible cause and ordered the release of Brian Riser. A 13-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was fired when his colleague was charged with murder after detaining him in March.

At a hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors disagreed with police criminal assessments that there was sufficient evidence to prosecute.

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Fine told the judge, “I don’t feel there is a good possible cause for this case where we are currently standing as the District Attorney’s Office.”

A spokesman for the Dallas Sheriff’s Office said Riser would be released if the prison received documents of his case from the court.

Riser, 36 years old arrested Police chief Eddie Garcia last month told police that a man had been kidnapped and killed at the direction of Riser in August 2019, after which Liza Senz, 31, and Albert Douglas, 61. Said in an unrelated killing (age).former Executive Lawyer, Toby Shook, His client claimed to be innocent, stating that the evidence against Riser was nothing more than the words of a man who had already been convicted of another murder.

Authorities allege that Riser has offered to pay three men to kidnap and kill Douglas and Sentz. According to an affidavit of police arrest, the man was later charged with murdering the capital, one of whom came forward and involved Riser in 2019.

Shook previously said Riser knew Emmanuel Kilpatrick, one of the men charged with Saenz’s murder, from high school and reconnected in 2017 after a chance encounter. 34-year-old Kilpatrick is currently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his father and son.

Attorneys described Kilpatrick as someone who had “all the reasons to lie and profit from involving police officers around the world.”

When announcing Riser’s arrest, Garcia said the officer had become a “suspect” in 2019, trying to distinguish it from an “interested person.”But the Dallas detective was interested in the riser As early as 2017. In September of that year, the detective said in court that the proceedings were “subject” to an investigation into Sentz’s murder, according to proceeding records.

The detective also said that Sentz lived with Riser’s father and she was a witness to another murder before her death. The testimony was given during a detention trial in a federal drug case against Riser’s father, Byron Riser.

Shook said Saenz lived with elder Riser at some point, but his client was “unrelated” to her and didn’t know Douglas.

A Dallas Police Department spokesperson and mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment after the hearing on Wednesday.