The woman who accused a Harker Heights police officer of dragging her from her car and leaving visible bruises on her body Jan. 1 was arrested and charged with perjury Monday.
Leah Dure turned herself in to Garland police on the Bell County perjury charge, a Class A misdemeanor. She was later released on $5,000 bond.
Two months ago, Dure said she had been pulled from the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day and arrested.
According to a Facebook post from Philadelphia-based attorney S. Lee Merritt, who brought the accusations to national attention, the Heights officer slammed Dure to the ground, which left her face with bruises and scratches. A series of photos attached to the post showed the alleged marks from the arrest.
According to police records, Dure was arrested on charges of public intoxication.
But during an unusual press conference Jan. 9, Heights police Chief Mike Gentry presented body cam and dashcam video that painted a different story from Dure’s account.
Police said the woman’s injuries were sustained during a violent domestic dispute between her boyfriend, her boyfriend’s wife and several other people around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 in Killeen.
Dure’s boyfriend was being treated in the emergency room for an eye injury when police found Dure sleeping in the backseat of his car parked in an ambulance bay.
Gentry said during his presentation that he had an audio clip of Dure’s boyfriend calling his wife and asking her to deny that Dure’s injuries happened during the dispute earlier that morning.
“Like I said, she was beat up when she left the house, and I don’t believe a thing she said, so sorry,” a female voice said in the recording, which Gentry played at the Jan. 9 conference.
An inaudible male voice can then be heard faintly responding.
“So you’re telling me to lie to police to say she wasn’t beat up when she left? That’s what you’re telling me?” the female voice said in response.
On Jan. 12, Heights police released further body cam footage appearing to contradict Dure’s claims.
On Feb. 23, an arrest warrant was issued for Dure by Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke for the offense of perjury.
Police said that charge was filed due to the alleged false statement made by Dure to the Heights Police Department, in which she claimed she was injured during the public intoxication arrest.
The case has been forwarded to the Bell County Attorney’s Office.