BELTON — Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza announced that he will seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Killeen police officer during a shootout in May.
Garza made the announcement in open court, telling 27th District Judge John Gauntt that his office would seek the most severe punishment for Marvin Louis Guy, 49, of Killeen.
Guy is accused of firing on Killeen SWAT officers who were attempting to serve a "no knock" narcotics warrant at his Killeen apartment May 9. According to police reports, Guy fired from inside the home, hitting four officers. One of those officers, Det. Charles "Chuck" Dinwiddie, was hit in the face. He died two days later.
Guy was charged with capital murder in connection with Dinwiddie's death. He was also charged with three counts of attempted capital murder because he fired on the other officers during the shootout, wounding one. Body armor protected the other officers who were hit.
Garza's announcement comes one day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry presented Dinwiddie's family with the Star of Texas award. The award is given each year to police and other first responders killed or injured in the line of duty.
Judge Gauntt also denied a request by one of Guy's defense team to withdrawal from the case.
Read more in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.