Lawyer says cop didn’t ID himself before fatal shot

At the time of Sean Rios’ death, the Houston Police Department sergeant was wearing his police pants, shoes — and a Hawaiian shirt. He left his uniform shirt and badge in the car as he gave chase to an armed man, prosecutors said.

A gun battle erupted on that November 2020 afternoon and by the end, Rios died in a motel lobby with authorities not knowing at first that he was one of their own, officers testified Tuesday during the start of a murder trial. His accused assailant, Robert Soliz, fled and would not be arrested until later that week.

The defendant’s lawyers have characterized the sergeant as the instigator in the shooting. 

“Sean Rios was not a peace officer that day,” lawyer Wade Smith said Tuesday during the start of the trial in the 179th District Court, highlighting that first responders had no clue that Rios was a law

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Prosecutors say FBI trainee stole tips from lawyer-girlfriend to trade on Merck deal

Signage is seen at the Merck & Co. headquarters in Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S., November 13, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Markin allegedly traded on tips stolen from lawyer-girlfriend
  • He allegedly gleaned details about a $1.85 bln Merck deal
  • Covington & Burling represented Merck on the transaction

(Reuters) – (This July 25 story corrects to change lead image)

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan on Monday charged a former FBI agent-in-training with insider trading on information he allegedly stole from his then-girlfriend, a corporate law firm associate who was working on confidential matters at home due to the pandemic.

Seth Markin last year secretly took information from the associate’s apartment about her client Merck & Co.’s pending $1.85 billion acquisition of Pandion Therapeutics, prosecutors said. Mankin and co-defendant Brandon Wong then made more than $1.4 million trading illegally on Pandion

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