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Eric Dexheimer

Investigative reporter

Eric Dexheimer has been a member of the Statesman's investigative team since 2006. Prior to moving to Austin, he worked for newspapers in Denver, Portland, Oregon, and New York.

Latest from Eric Dexheimer

DALLAS COUNTY DA: Officers who Tased teenager committed crime — but can’t be charged
 The office of Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Thursday it had concluded the Mesquite police officers who in August 2013 shocked 18-year-old Graham Dyer with a Taser in his testicles while he was handcuffed and allowed him to fatally injure himself in the back of their cruiser, had committed a crime. But due to the expiration...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The office of Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Thursday it had concluded the Mesquite police officers who in August 2013 shocked 18-year-old Graham Dyer with a Taser in his testicles while he was handcuffed and allowed him to fatally injure himself in the back of their cruiser, had committed a crime. But due to the expiration...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Prosecutors wielded harsh weapon with new charge
 When prosecutors began building a case against Greg Kelley on child sexual assault charges, they relied upon what many experts say was shaky evidence that hinged on the word of two young boys, one of whom recanted during the trial. Despite that, the Williamson County district attorney charged him with the most aggressive, punitive...

Posted: 10 hours ago

When prosecutors began building a case against Greg Kelley on child sexual assault charges, they relied upon what many experts say was shaky evidence that hinged on the word of two young boys, one of whom recanted during the trial. Despite that, the Williamson County district attorney charged him with the most aggressive, punitive...
In Greg Kelley case, prosecutors wielded harsh weapon with new charge
 When prosecutors began building a case against Greg Kelley on child sexual assault charges, they relied upon what many experts say was shaky evidence that hinged on the word of two young boys, one of whom recanted during the trial. Despite that, the Williamson County district attorney charged him with the most aggressive, punitive crime possible...

Posted: 11 hours ago

When prosecutors began building a case against Greg Kelley on child sexual assault charges, they relied upon what many experts say was shaky evidence that hinged on the word of two young boys, one of whom recanted during the trial. Despite that, the Williamson County district attorney charged him with the most aggressive, punitive crime possible...
DA: Officers who shocked teenager committed crime — but can’t be charged
 The office of Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Thursday it had concluded some Mesquite police officers, who in August 2013 shocked 18-year-old Graham Dyer with a Taser on his testicles while he was handcuffed and allowed him to fatally injure himself in the back of their cruiser, had committed a crime. But due to the expiration...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The office of Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Thursday it had concluded some Mesquite police officers, who in August 2013 shocked 18-year-old Graham Dyer with a Taser on his testicles while he was handcuffed and allowed him to fatally injure himself in the back of their cruiser, had committed a crime. But due to the expiration...
Held down and breathless: When police restraint turns fatal
 More than 50 people over the past decade have died at least in part due to the way police forcibly restrained them or the physical stress associated with being taken into custody, according to an American-Statesman investigation of nearly 300 Texas fatalities from 2005 to 2016. Medical examiners determined four-fifths of the cases were homicides...

Posted: 21 days ago

More than 50 people over the past decade have died at least in part due to the way police forcibly restrained them or the physical stress associated with being taken into custody, according to an American-Statesman investigation of nearly 300 Texas fatalities from 2005 to 2016. Medical examiners determined four-fifths of the cases were homicides...
Held down and breathless: When police restraint turns fatal
 More than 50 people over the past decade have died at least in part due to the way police forcibly restrained them or the physical stress associated with being taken into custody, according to an American-Statesman investigation of nearly 300 Texas fatalities from 2005 to 2016. Medical examiners determined four-fifths of the cases were homicides...

Posted: 21 days ago

More than 50 people over the past decade have died at least in part due to the way police forcibly restrained them or the physical stress associated with being taken into custody, according to an American-Statesman investigation of nearly 300 Texas fatalities from 2005 to 2016. Medical examiners determined four-fifths of the cases were homicides...
In fatal struggles with police, a controversial killer is often blamed
 Juan Lozano’s death in South Texas during the summer of 2006 was a mystery. Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies came upon the 26-year-old Crystal City man around midnight after a call about a man behaving bizarrely: screaming, running in the street and hiding in the bushes. A struggle broke out — officers say they pushed him...

Posted: 28 days ago

Juan Lozano’s death in South Texas during the summer of 2006 was a mystery. Dimmit County Sheriff’s deputies came upon the 26-year-old Crystal City man around midnight after a call about a man behaving bizarrely: screaming, running in the street and hiding in the bushes. A struggle broke out — officers say they pushed him...
A 3-minute Taser jolt, a quick settlement: Was justice served in Burnet man’s death?
 When a Granite Shoals resident called 911 to report his Churchill Drive neighbor was acting crazy, police had an idea what to expect. Burnet County authorities had arrested Willie Ray Banks several times for drugs and resisting or evading arrest. In the early morning of Dec. 29, 2011, Banks was speaking nonsense, but was calm and polite,...

6:33 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

When a Granite Shoals resident called 911 to report his Churchill Drive neighbor was acting crazy, police had an idea what to expect. Burnet County authorities had arrested Willie Ray Banks several times for drugs and resisting or evading arrest. In the early morning of Dec. 29, 2011, Banks was speaking nonsense, but was calm and polite,...
‘48 marks on his back’ — How Tasers figure into deaths in police custody
 The Rockdale police summary of how Rosendo Gaytan died on Halloween night 2006 during his arrest for public intoxication is clinical and brief: “While in the booking area of the Milam County Jail the subject continued to be uncompliant and assaultive. Taser was utilized in an attempt to gain subject’s compliance. While subject...

5:40 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

The Rockdale police summary of how Rosendo Gaytan died on Halloween night 2006 during his arrest for public intoxication is clinical and brief: “While in the booking area of the Milam County Jail the subject continued to be uncompliant and assaultive. Taser was utilized in an attempt to gain subject’s compliance. While subject...
A 3-minute Taser jolt, a quick settlement: Was justice served in Burnet man’s death?
 When a Granite Shoals resident called 911 to report his Churchill Drive neighbor was acting crazy, police had an idea what to expect. Burnet County authorities had arrested Willie Ray Banks several times for drugs and resisting or evading arrest. In the early morning of Dec. 29, 2011, Banks was speaking nonsense, but was calm and polite,...

5:18 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

When a Granite Shoals resident called 911 to report his Churchill Drive neighbor was acting crazy, police had an idea what to expect. Burnet County authorities had arrested Willie Ray Banks several times for drugs and resisting or evading arrest. In the early morning of Dec. 29, 2011, Banks was speaking nonsense, but was calm and polite,...
'48 marks on his back' — How Tasers figure into deaths in police custody
 The Rockdale police summary of how Rosendo Gaytan died on Halloween night 2006 during his arrest for public intoxication is clinical and brief: “While in the booking area of the Milam County Jail the subject continued to be uncompliant and assaultive. Taser was utilized in an attempt to gain subject’s compliance. While subject...

5:12 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

The Rockdale police summary of how Rosendo Gaytan died on Halloween night 2006 during his arrest for public intoxication is clinical and brief: “While in the booking area of the Milam County Jail the subject continued to be uncompliant and assaultive. Taser was utilized in an attempt to gain subject’s compliance. While subject...