Man Shoots At Intruders, Turns Out It Was A No-Knock Raid. Now He Faces The Death Penalty

Marvin Louis Guy

Marvin Louis Guy

On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home. Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self defense.

Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release“The TRU was beginning to breach the window when the 49 year old male inside, opened fire striking four officers.”

Since the shooting occurred during the break in, a reasonable person would assume they had not yet identified themselves as police officers.  How on earth is this not self defense? Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty against Guy. He is charged with capital murder in Dinwiddie’s death, as well as three counts of attempted capital murder for firing on the other officers during the shootout, injuring one other officer. Body armor protected others who were hit. This announcement, given by the prosecutor in open court, comes one day after Governor Rick Perry presented  Dinwiddie’s family with the Star of Texas award. This award is given out each year to police and first responders killed or injured in the line of duty, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. Let’s flash back to December, in Texas, for a moment. On December 19, also just before 6am, Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, led a team in a no-knock marijuana raid on Henry Goedrich Magee’s mobile home in Somerville.

Henry Goedrich Magee’

Henry Goedrich Magee’

Also startled by these intruders, Magee opened fire, fearing for the safety of himself and his then pregnant girlfriend.

Sowders was unfortunately killed among the chaos.

In February, just a few months before the fateful raid in Killeen, all charges against Magee were dropped when a Texas grand jury refused to indict, based on them believing he feared for his safety and that this was a reasonable act of self defense.

With such similar circumstances and such intensely opposite repercussions one cant help but try to find the differences.

Most obvious? Guy is black and Magee is white. Also, take note of the difference in photos used in the press.


2 thoughts on “Man Shoots At Intruders, Turns Out It Was A No-Knock Raid. Now He Faces The Death Penalty

  1. Mike , oh boy . I am
    Really sorry for this guy . Don’t expect any different from this . Equity in America has color , if your white , equity favors if your black it leads inequity .

    • The thing is that they are unashamed even by their own laws. Thurgood Marshall sought to change America for the better, using their own laws . Fifty years after the Civil Rights struggle and the death of Dr. King America still has two separate Justice Systems, based yes, on race.
      The tragic irony is that, despite the same set of circumstances this black man is likely to be found guilty.
      It took much effort before a Florida Court freed a black woman who was unjustly sentenced to a mandatory 20 years for firing a gun into the ceiling as she sought to protect herself from her abusive spouse.
      Despite the eyes of the World watching and ridiculing them, they much rather circle the wagon and close their ears to the howls of “shame”.
      In America they would rather support anyone from another country over an American black. That is the level of deep seated hatred they still harbor for black Americans.
      Never mind that the hatred should have been going the other way.
      Too many Blacks for their part has done precious little to make them respect them.

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