HOUSTON—Weeks after submitting an open records request, KHOU 11 News received hundreds of pages of documents relating to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable evidence dump.
Former deputy Christopher Hess is suspected is suspected of destroying thousands of pieces of evidence dating back to 2007.
Our team of investigators found that most of the tossed out evidence deals with closed cases. But 858 pieces of destroyed evidence have been tied to 450 cases that are listed as open.
This includes clothing and weapons from an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon case. It also includes pry bars, gloves and DNA swabs from burglary cases.
In addition, the documents revealed sexual assault cases in which no one was ever arrested. Related evidence destroyed includes a condom and an RCA voice recorder.
Our team found that drug field tests were destroyed along with 165 grams of methamphetamine and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
So far, the district attorney has dismissed charges in a hundred cases, most of them drug-related. The D-A’s investigation into the scandal continues.
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