HOUSTON -This is a messy story.
Prosecutors say a Harris County jail inmate was living in a cell littered with bugs, feces and other waste for at least several weeks at 1200 Baker Street. Two detention officers were fired after that came to light, and they were also charged with tampering with government documents, for allegedly signing-off that Terry Goodwin's cell had been inspected.
"They did not check that cell because nobody went to the cell. It was thought of that this guy was violent," said attorney Mathew Shepherd, with the Afro-American Sheriff Deputy League, which is supporting those officers, specifically Sgt. Ricky Wilson-Pickens.
"Nobody opened that cell because it was told to them, `Hey that guy is a dangerous inmate, don't open up his cell,`" Shepherd said. He went on to say the two officers are 'being scapegoated' by the department.
Pickens-Wilson and his former colleague Sgt. John Figaroa face two to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.