Alleged crooked cops known as ‘Batman and Robin’ officially indicted by grand jury

HOUSTON – Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday that a grand jury has indicted two former Houston Police officers, known on the street as “Batman and Robin,” for their roles in a botched narcotics raid in which two civilians were shot to death, and four officers wounded.

Gerald Goines was indicted for two charges of Felony Murder and a charge of Tampering with a Government Record, affirming the probable cause charges filed by prosecutors in August.

Steven Bryant was indicted for Tampering with a Government Record in connection with the raid at the home at 7815 Harding Street on Jan. 28, 2019.

“We believe officers lied. People died. And now we need the truth,” Ogg said.

“The grand jury held officers of the law responsible for killing innocent people and their dog in their home.  Our Constitution guarantees that Americans should not have to fear their government – and when agents of the government violate our rights, they will be held accountable,” Ogg said. “Our investigation continues and we anticipate presenting additional evidence to additional grand juries in the future.”

Civil Rights Division prosecutors believe the evidence shows that Goines misrepresented the victims’ drug activity, threat level and other factors used to obtain a “no knock warrant” signed by a municipal judge.

Bryant is accused of misrepresenting facts surrounding the scene and the purchase of narcotics.

Rhogena Nicholas, her husband, Dennis Tuttle, and their dog were shot to death at their home in Pecan Park, in Houston’s East End.

By issuing indictments for the charges, grand jurors voted that there is probable cause that the crimes had been committed, and that the cases should continue moving forward.

Grand jury proceedings, including what grand jurors were presented, are secret by law.

In addition to the officer-involved shootings, prosecutors are reviewing potential extraneous corruption allegations involving other officers.

They are also reviewing more than 14,000 previously filed criminal cases that involve Squad 15 of the Houston Police Narcotics Division.

Goines was indicted with first degree felonies and faces up to 99 years or life.  Bryant faces up to two years in jail.

The Houston Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit handed over in May the results of its investigation to the District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Division is conducting an independent investigation that continues.  Prosecutors have worked with the Texas Rangers and other agencies in the ongoing matter.

Goines and Bryant are not strangers to the African American community. In fact, they have a reputation of being neighborhood menaces, according to a flurry of social media posts that flooded timelines once their names and photos were released.

Facebook user T. McGee shared,” Listen I will continue to post this because this man had a lot of help from other officers, judges, unions, investigators, and etc. Even though BATMAN had complaint after complaint from POOR black people he was allowed to remain on a police force 3 decades. He and others murdered other victims who happens to be white, but murder is still murder.

His charge should be upgraded as well since he knowingly planted drugs, committed perjury, forged government documents, endangered the public, and terrorized poverty stricken communities for decades.

His bail was $150,000.00 which is peanuts to him with his criminal history and etc. I’m closing by asking where is the outrage from Everyone????… Murder is Murder regardless who commits it..”

“DAMN! KARMA FOR THAT AZZ!” M. Moore posted.

“Awww sh**. They got his funky a**. Feds got a hold to his a**. Sup #Batman. It ain’t fun and games no more huh? I’m still waiting on my dismissal papers from the state. Smh.” J. Comeeaux posted.

Even the DA expressed disbelief on Facebook during that time.

“We have not seen a case like this in Houston,” Ogg said. “I have not seen a case like this in my 30-plus years of practicing law.”


Latest Articles


Search our archive of past issues Receive our Latest Updates
* indicates required

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

Scroll to Top