Two Texas men have been charged with capital murder after claiming that former Dallas Police Officer Bryan Riser paid them to kill a man earlier this year, resulting in Riser’s arrest and resignation from the police, according to a local news station NewsRadio 1080.
Kevin Kidd, 32, and Emmanuel Kilpatrick, 34, both of Dallas, were indicted for the murder of 61-year-old Albert Douglas on February 25, 2017, according to the article.
Riser was arrested in March and accused of two charges of capital murder until the criminal case against him broke apart earlier this year.
At least one of the counts stemmed from Kilpatrick and Kidd telling police that Riser instructed them to murder Douglas and Lisa Marie Saenz, 31, and then dump their bodies in the Trinity River as part of a murder-for-hire scheme.
Toby Shook, Riser’s attorney, said Kidd and Kilpatrick’s claims against his client should never have been believed in the first place.
Shook told NewsRadio that Kidd and Kilpatrick’s claims were “totally untrue,” and that “it was proved during the hearing that they are not trustworthy in that sense.”
“They are guilty, and their admissions regarding their own role in the murder are true,” Shook continued. “And I’m confident that the DA’s office will soon prosecute them for that killing.”
Following Riser’s arrest, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia stated that witnesses had come forwards to accuse the 13-year Dallas PD veteran of the murders, claiming that both deaths seemed to be personal in character and unrelated to Riser’s employment with the department.
Riser had “no business wearing that uniform,” Garcia said in March, adding that “no one dislikes a bad police more than a good officer.” After an internal departmental inquiry, Garcia dismissed Riser.
The criminal case against Riser, however, gradually dissipated.
The police also conceded that it was wrong when it claimed that cellphone data gathered by the FBI proved Riser was near the scene of both killings, and in April, a state court and prosecutors decided to withdraw the charges against him owing to a lack of probable cause to proceed with the case.
Riser, who had been in custody for almost a month, chastised the Dallas Police Department for treating him with contempt and humiliating him.
“This department, which I used to admire and respect, has treated me badly. They’ve humiliated me and my family by spreading false information. From the beginning, I was completely blameless.” He stated, “I simply want to be with my family.”
He also termed Kidd and Kilpatrick’s claims a “make-believe fabrication.”
Riser had maintained his innocence throughout.
The Dallas Police Department permitted Riser to continue patrolling for more than a year while he was being investigated for murder, something observers deemed strange from the start. Riser was a “person of interest” in at least one of the 2019 deaths, according to police.
Chief Garcia expressed disappointment that Riser’s accusations were dropped and promised to continue investigating the case—but no new evidence has surfaced in the months since then, at least publicly.
Riser’s legal woes didn’t end with his felony case. The Dallas Morning News published an article earlier this month about his wife’s shocking testimony in a child-custody fight in May, claiming a history of abuse.
“He warned me that if I took the kids out of the Metroplex, he would murder me,” the ex-wife, who the publication did not name, allegedly stated at a May 20 court hearing. “I didn’t have a choice. It was for my own protection.'”
Riser has also rejected the claims.