HOUSTON - Newly-elected Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson told KHOU 11 News on the phone that he will personally prosecute the capital murder case against defendant Harlem Harold Lewis.
Anderson, who is currently vacationing in Hill Country, said it is his responsibility as an elected official to personally take capital murder cases when the suspect is accused of shooting a peace officer.
Even though Lewis is in custody and police are not searching for any other suspects, homicide investigators with the Houston Police Department said the investigation into the Christmas Eve shooting that left Bellaire Police Sgt. Jimmie Norman and Terry Taylor dead will likely last for weeks.
HPD said it does not want any surprises when the case goes to trial, and they said it’s still trying to learn more about the suspect Lewis, who has been charged with capital murder.
In Bellaire, at the police department, it’s clear the shooting has been tough to deal with, but they said the overwhelming support helps.
“I mean it’s been everything from cards, letter, emails, flowers, food, invitations for dinner, anything we need. A pat on the back,” Bellaire Assistant Police Chief Michael Leal said.
Leal said being at work helps, too, but it is difficult when they go home.
“Personally, when we leave this place we are hurting. Sgt. Norman was a close friend to all of us. Our families, you just feel tied up at home. I told my wife I just feel like I should be doing something right now,” Leal said.
Leal said the department’s thoughts are also with Taylor, who they called a hero. Taylor was the manager at Maaco shop who was shot and killed after police said he came running out of the business to see what was happening and to help.
The entire shooting was caught on surveillance cameras at the business off Bellaire.
A source within HPD homicide said the video shows what clearly happened Christmas Eve and will not help the suspect’s case.