State will seek death penalty for man accused of killing Bellaire police officer and business owner
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The state will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Bellaire police officer and a business owner on Christmas Eve.
Harlem Lewis is charged with two counts of capital murder. Police say he shot and killed Corporal Jimmy Norman and auto shop owner Terry Taylor outside a repair shop during a traffic stop. Lewis, 21, was also shot during the pursuit that followed, but has since recovered from his injuries.
Prosecutors say much of it was caught on the officer's dashcam. They believe the evidence warrants a death sentence.
"Just the needlessness of these killings, the fact that not only was a uniformed Bellaire police officer brutally murdered but then a man who was a good Samaritan -- a business owner -- who was trying to come to his aid was just as quickly shot down," said Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson.
Jury selection begins in November with trial set for January.
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