Please drop the Capital Murder and Attempted Murder charges against Marvin Louis Guy for the shooting death of Officer during a No-Knock Raid at his Home
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On May 9th, 2014, at just after 5:30 am, the police entered the home of Guy, by performing a no-knock raid. Officers began entering the premises by climbing through his window and Guy, who was in bed with his wife, fearing what any reasonable person would, that his house was being broken into, fired at, what he believed to be an intruder. Unfortunately, Officer Dinwiddie died from his injuries. But that doesn't change that Guy was acting in what he believed was self-defense. As a result of the search, some questionable paraphernalia was found, nothing that pointed to drug dealing or distribution, which was what the warrant was for. This information was given by an informant and nothing was found to validate the claims of drug dealing. A pipe was found during the search, and that suggest drug USE, not drug dealing. The lack of evidence found during the raid suggests that Guy had a reasonable belief that he was dealing with intruders and not the police.
Now, on December 19th, 2013, Henry Magee shot and killed Sgt. Sowders, acting on a no-knock warrant to his mobile home. Again, an informant advised of marijuana plants been seen and the police obtained the warrant. In the warrant application, it was stated that "an announced entry could rattle a guard dog or would give Magee time to destroy evidence, and would ultimately be “dangerous, futile, or would inhibit the effective investigation.” A few months later, in February, a Texas grand jury refused to indict him on the capital murder charges he could have been facing, believing that he reasonably believed him and his pregnant girlfriend were in danger and he defended his home. Now sufficient evidence WAS found in this raid, as he is still facing felony drug and weapon charges and was being held on $50,000 bond.
S.B No 378, Texas' version of the "castle doctrine, “permits the use of deadly force when an “actor” believes someone has “unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the actor’s occupied habitation...” appears to have been upheld here, yet unable to be applied to Guy's situation.
In the media, Magee is shown with a child in the picture chosen to be displayed, while Guy is shown in what appears to be a mug shot. It appears that the media would like to criminalize Guy, while making Magee to be the family man who was only protecting his home.
It is always a tragic, unfortunate event when anyone loses their lives, especially in the line of duty. But how can we essentially say that one person was defending themselves and another was committing murder, under such similar circumstances? Guy was defending his wife and home, just as Magee believed he was doing. And Magee actually had the things the warrant was searching for, while Guy did not. One could argue the Magee may have wanted to protect himself from going to jail. No drugs were found in Guy's house. Besides, if beyond a reasonable doubt is needed to convict, how can we be certain that Guy knew that the person(s) entering his home, at 5:30 in the morning, were peace officers, something required for the capital murder charge? Guy deserves to be treated fairly and the same as another man who acted in self-defense or what any other reasonable American would do.
Please sign this petition, calling for the District Attorney to drop the murder and attempted murder charges Guy is facing for the death of Dinwiddie and shooting of 3 other officers on that day.
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