Texas Jury Convicts Marvin Guy for Officer’s Murder in Contentious No-Knock Raid Case

Marvin Guy

In a closely watched case in Texas, a jury has found Marvin Guy guilty of the murder of Detective Charles Dinwiddie. The case, which highlighted tensions between no-knock police raids and the right to self-defense, reached its verdict on Tuesday after Guy had spent over nine years in jail awaiting trial.

The incident, dating back to May 9, 2014, occurred during an early morning drug raid on Guy’s home, conducted under a no-knock warrant. This type of warrant, which allows police to enter a property without prior announcement, was issued following a tip suggesting Guy was involved in cocaine dealing.

The raid, which began before sunrise, involved approximately two dozen officers. They encountered resistance in breaching Guy’s door and accidentally set off a stun grenade. Guy, believing he was being targeted by criminals, opened fire, hitting four officers and fatally wounding Dinwiddie. Police responded by firing over 40 rounds.

The prosecution argued that Guy was aware of the police presence and had prepared an “ambush.” However, Guy’s defense attorney, Jon Evans, portrayed the situation as one of panic and fear, exacerbated by the confusing and disorienting nature of no-knock raids. The defense highlighted that the raid was conducted without warning and in the early morning hours, a time when the target is likely to be disoriented.

The jury chose not to convict Guy of capital murder, indicating they did not unanimously believe he knew he was firing at law enforcement officers. Instead, they opted for a conviction of murder.

A key point in the defense was the tactical errors identified during the raid. Retired Killeen Police Department Commander Scott Meads testified about these errors, including confusion over the apartment’s layout. The prosecution’s case concluded with a statement from Dinwiddie’s widow, Holly, who shared memories of her late husband.

Texas law includes the Castle Doctrine, which allows individuals to defend themselves in their homes against perceived deadly threats. However, this legal protection does not apply if the individual is engaged in illegal activities. While traces of white powder were found in Guy’s apartment and car, he was not charged with any drug-related offenses.

Guy’s case echoes other incidents where no-knock raids and self-defense rights have clashed. In 2020, Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police during a similar raid. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at the officers, mistaking them for intruders, though charges against him were later dismissed.

Guy’s sentencing is scheduled for the following week. Prosecutors initially sought the death penalty but agreed to drop this request last year to expedite the trial, which had been delayed multiple times due to Guy’s health issues, changes in defense attorneys, the COVID-19 pandemic, and disputes over evidence acquisition.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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