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Court Documents Released in Shooting Death of Burleson Co. Deputy

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

New information released Tuesday on a raid last month near Somerville in which a Burleson County Sheriff's Deputy was shot and killed confirm what deputies were searching for when they entered 28-year-old Henry Magee's mobile home in Somerville.

In the process of executing that search warrant, Deputy Adam Sowders was shot and killed. The Burleson County Sheriff's Office says the search warrant was issued after an informant claimed Magee had stolen guns and illegal drugs inside his mobile home. The informant had been arrested days earlier, but said he had been in Magee's home as recently as the day of his arrest and saw the drugs.

On December 13th, court documents show an informant told a Burleson County Sheriff's investigator he saw 12 to 15 marijuana plants growing inside Henry Magee's home on County Road 278 near Somerville.

According to the informant, Magee was a known dealer who had grown drugs in his home and, quote, "supplies numerous people around the Snook area with marijuana." The informant also claimed he saw rifles, along with a handgun that had "Washington County Sheriff's Office" etched on top, possibly a weapon stolen in a home burglary months earlier.

Deputy Adam Sowders filed for a search warrant, and requested to enter Magee's home without knocking or announcing law enforcement's presence. He gave multiple reasons based on what the informant had told investigators, including the fact that Magee had been overheard saying he wasn't afraid to use his weapons, which he may have an aggressive dog, and that Magee could potentially destroy the drugs.

Sowders said he thought giving Magee notice would be, quote, "dangerous, futile, or would inhibit the effective investigation." A Burleson County Judge approved the warrant on December 18th, and in the early morning hours of December 19, a SWAT team made the entry into Magee's home.

The court documents say quote, "By Magee's own admission he heard and observed the entry made by the SWAT team."

Deputy Adam Sowders was shot and killed.

Magee's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, has said Magee fired shots in an effort to defend himself, his pregnant girlfriend and his property from unknown intruders.

Texas Rangers were called in to collect evidence. Inside Magee's home, they say they found a sophisticated marijuana grow operation and several firearms.

DeGuerin has said all weapons found were legally owned.

Magee remains in the Washington County Jail, charged with capital murder and under a $1 million bond.


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