Judge Releases Former Dallas PD Officer Charged With Murder Due to Lack of Probable Cause

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A judge ordered that former Dallas police officer Bryan Riser be released from jail on Wednesday after ruling that no probable cause existed to support charges that he had hired a man to kidnap and kill two people, reports the New York Times. Riser was charged last month, the police said, after a witness said that Riser had hired him to kill Albert Douglas, 61, and Liza Saenz, 31, both in 2017, and dump their bodies in the Trinity River. The decision by the judge, Audrey Faye Moorehead of Dallas County Criminal Court, came after prosecutor Jason Fine conceded that he did not have enough evidence to pursue the two counts of capital murder that the Dallas police had announced last month. The Dallas County district attorney, John Creuzot, also acknowledged “insufficient corroboration of co-defendant statements and accomplice testimony to prosecute the case.” The evidence against Riser included “co-defendant statements, accomplice testimony and insufficient corroboration of those statements,” Fine said in court. “That’s the reality of where we are,” he said. “And under the law, those statements alone are not sufficient.” Fine said the police had made it clear that the investigation into the killings remained active.

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