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A former Dallas police officer charged with ordering three men to kill two in 2017 was released after his charges were dismissed.
During a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said they did not have enough evidence or a possible cause to take action against Brian Riser.
“As we currently serve as the district attorney’s office, we do not feel there is a sufficient cause for the case,” Dallas County Attorney Jason Fyne told a judge, a CB affiliate. Local S. reported.
Judge Audrey Moorehead agreed.
The 36-year-old was arrested last month, years after he was accused of first killing Albert Douglas, 61, and Lisa Sandz, 31, a woman who at one point lived with his father. Riser
Saenz’s corpse was found in the river on March 10, 2017, with gunshot wounds. Douglas’s body was never found. But his family reported that he was missing in February 2017.
As NPR reports:
“In September 2017, three men were arrested and charged with the murder of Saenz. One of them later told officers that Riser had offered him $ 3,500 of kidnapping and murder, according to a police testimony, which he accused him of. Pays the riser later, approaches the man. Again, offering to pay him $ 6,000 to kill Saenz, who he describes as The ‘informant’ was not paid before the man was arrested, the credentials said, “
A police detective initially testified in a testimony that it contained mobile phone information linking Riser to the murder. But in a standing witness Wednesday, the same official admitted the injunction was caused by a mistake.
“If we get to a certain point in any case, regardless of who the defendant is, whether the witness is who we feel is not sufficiently probable, we need to alert the defendant and alert the court that we Have to do something We can’t just sit around, ”Fine added later, according to local NBC affiliates.
The Dallas police officer noted that the investigation was still open and new charges could be brought in in the future.
Following the judge’s decision, Riser’s lawyer, Toby Shook, told reporters he wanted an internal investigation into the processes leading to the arrest of his client.
“I hope this investigation is under review and how quickly this decision was made to arrest him, which led to all of this,” Shook said.
Relieved Riser spoke to reporters about the exit from Dallas County Jail.
“In this department, I used to love and respect, they disrespect me and humiliate me and my family. I am 100% innocent from the start.
Ebony Samuel-Riser, Riser’s wife, said, “The truth has finally come out.”
She continued: “[Dallas Police Department] At this point, we apologize. “