By LeaAnne Klentzman
Almost five months after the fatal motorcycle accident that claimed the life of one Fort Bend sheriff’s detective, another detective has been indicted for Intoxicated Manslaughter W/Vehicle in her death.
Back in late October, 2012 Fort Bend County Detectives Moses Perez and Shelley Nicodemus were involved in an off duty motorcycle accident early one Sunday morning. According to Katy Police Department Assistant Chief Tim Tyler, 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 when the motorcycle on which there were riding careened out of control in the early morning hours. The accident occurred in the city of Katy in the northern tip of Fort Bend County near where the couple and their children lived.
Katy Police, along with DPS accident reconstruction, and the Texas Rangers, were involved in the accident investigation. At the time of the accident Sheriff Milton Wright’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Investigator Shelley Nicodemus died from injuries sustained in the accident and Investigator Moses Perez suffered head and back injuries.” Haenal explained, “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.”
Moses Perez, driver of the bike, was also a Fort Bend County detective in the Burglary and Theft section. Perez was injured in the accident and air lifted to a Houston hospital for treatment; returning to work about a month later. Perez is a long time resident of Fort Bend County. He is a Dulles High School graduate who served in the Army before joining the Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in July of 1990.
Perez’s career with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office came to a close in late February of 2013 after an investigation by the new Internal Affairs Division revealed that Perez had violated Sheriff’s Office policy; that violation was followed by an order of termination, said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls’ spokesman Bob Haenel. He said in lieu of termination, Perez chose to retire from the department effective February 22, 2013.
In early March Perez was indicted by the Fort Bend Grand Jury for Intoxicated Manslaughter W/Vehicle. He turned himself in on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 and was released after posting a bond of $10,000.