Accused gunman in Goforth slaying has no recollection of that day, defense says

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Shannon Miles, the man accused of gunning down Harris County sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth in 2015, has no recollection of what he was doing the day of the shooting, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Miles, 32, appeared in court Tuesday as state District Judge Susan Brown appointed Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon as the special prosecutor in the capital murder case.

Ligon will be assisted by prosecutors in his office as well as prosecutors from the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, headed by Jack Roady.


NEW ATTORNEY: Special prosecutor appointed in Shannon Miles case

Miles, 32, is accused of ambushing Goforth at a gas station in August 2015.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg last week asked for a special prosecutor to handle the capital murder case because Ogg’s chief of staff represented two witnesses who had information in the case.

After the brief hearing, Ligon said he expects to make a decision about seeking the death penalty after Labor Day.

Defense attorney Anthony Osso is expected to give Ligon mitigation evidence the week before to try to sway the decision away from death.

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On Tuesday, Osso said Miles, a schizophrenic, has no recollection of the day of the slaying, which is hindering the defense.

Osso said he is meeting in May with experts on insanity to determine whether it is a viable defense.

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Scroll through the gallery above to see a timeline of the case involving the shooting death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth


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