On December 19, 2013 the Burleson County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant on the home of Henry Goedrich Magee. One of the officers that participated in the raid on Mr. Magee's home was Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders. Sgt. Sowders and other officers were searching for marijuana and guns. During the raid Henry shot Sgt. Sowders, killing him instantly.
Henry Goedrich Magee was facing capital murder charges, in addition to other charges related to marijuana possession. However, a grand jury declined to indict Mr. Magee last week on murder charges, although they are still pursuing marijuana possession charges. Mr. Magee's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, stated in court that his client thought he was being burglarized due to the 'no knock' entry into his home, and that he was only acting to protect his family.
It's sad any time that marijuana prohibition takes a life, whether it be the life of a marijuana consumer or an officer. If Texas didn't have marijuana prohibition in place, Sgt. Sowders would have never been there that morning. He would still be alive and his family would not be grieving his death.
"This was a terrible tragedy that a deputy sheriff was killed, but Hank Magee believed that he and his pregnant girlfriend were being robbed," Magee's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, told A.P. "He did what a lot of people would have done. He defended himself and his girlfriend and his home."