Vehicular Manslaughter charges reduced for former detective
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Vehicular manslaughter charges against a former sheriff’s detective have been reduced to Class B Misdemeanor DWI.
Early one October Sunday morning in 2012, Fort Bend Sheriff’s Detectives Moses Perez and Shelly Nicodemus were involved in an off duty motorcycle accident. At the time of the accident Assistant Katy police chief Tim Tyler said Detective Moses Perez and Detective Shelley Nicodemus were traveling west bound along the feeder road of I10 between Katy Fort Bend Road and Pin Oak Road inside Katy city limits, when the motorcycle on which they were riding careened out of control.
Detective Shelley Nicodemus died at the scene. Detective Moses Perez suffered head and back injuries and was flown to a Houston Hospital. At the time of the accident, Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Nicodemus was the passenger on the 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was found about 30 feet from the motorcycle. Perez was found closer to the bike.”
In early March of 2013, Perez was indicted by the Fort Bend Grand Jury for Intoxicated Manslaughter W/Vehicle. He turned himself in and was released after posting a bond of $10,000. On January 31, 2014, Perez accepted a plea deal from the District Attorney’s office. That plea deal included a reduction from Intoxicated Manslaughter w/a Vehicle, to Class B Misdemeanor DWI; 180 days in jail probated, one years’ probation, $269 court costs, and an agreement to five public speaking engagements on the negative effects of drinking and driving.
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