Judge Sets Bond At Just $150,000 For Murder Of Sergeant Kaila Sullivan

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Tavores Dwayne Henderson was led into court Thursday.

Houston, TX – A Harris County judge ordered that the murder suspect in the killing of Nassau Bay Police Sergeant Kaila Sullivan be held on just $150,000 bond in connection with her death.

Tavores Dwayne Henderson, 21, eluded capture for two days after he allegedly hit and dragged Sgt. Sullivan, 43, with a Jeep as he was fleeing arrest on Dec. 10.

Sgt. Sullivan, a 16-year veteran-of-the-force, was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short while later.

Henderson was apprehended at a residence in the 4200-block of Heritage Trail in Houston on Thursday afternoon, KHOU reported.

He surrendered after he realized police had his hideout surrounded, and subsequently confessed to having murdered Sgt. Sullivan, according to police.

Henderson said he knew that the sergeant was still partially inside his jeep when he hit the accelerator and ran her over, KHOU reported.

In addition to the capital murder charge, Henderson also faces multiple charges in other jurisdictions from preexisting cases.

With regards to the murder offense, the judge ordered that Henderson be held on just $150,000 bond.

"Mr. Henderson, in the murder case I’m setting your bond at $150,000,” the judge said, according to KHOU. “That’s taking into account that you have a felony bond pending that you forfeited which means you didn’t show up for court, which is now set at zero. And you have a new misdemeanor charge for assaulting a family member…[and] out of Galveston County for attempted theft where the judge has set that bond at $20,000.”

The fact that the murder suspect was afforded such a low bond on a murder charge outraged many law enforcement officials.

“[Shaking my head] in disbelief,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted on Thursday night. “A Police Sgt dead, suspect on the run for couple days, my team and our law enforcement partners do a phenomenal job locating & taking him into custody without incident- I simply do not understand his initial bond set at $150,000.”

Sheriff Gonzalez acknowledged that the criminal justice system “has many cogs,” and that law enforcement officers are but a piece of that system.

“But this one does not make sense to me and is disappointing,” the sheriff wrote.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that the low bond was “outrageous.”

“This coward who took the life of a hero & poses a clear & present danger to community & the people we serve,” Chief Acevedo tweeted. “Bail decisions need to be made on the basis of risk to pubic safety & of flight.”

Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi blasted the judge who set Henderson’s $150,000 bond, and demanded that he resign.

“PC magistrate that gave dirtbag arrested for murdering Sgt Sullivan is Colin Amann,” Gamaldi tweeted. “Mr Amann,you need to resign from your position as a non-elected PC court magistrate immediately. Your total lack of judgement/common sense in this case prevents you from ever sitting on that bench.”

“This is completely abhorrent for a career criminal, documented gang member who is alleged to have a killed a police officer,” the union leader said in another tweet. “Sgt Sullivan deserves better!”

A Galveston County judge ordered Henderson held on no bond for his theft offense in that county.

Because Henderson is being held on no bond for the theft offense, he will remain in jail even if he posts bond on the murder charge.

Sheriff Gonzalez said there were two other people inside the residence where Henderson was arrested, and that they may also be charged in connection with the case, KHOU reported.

Additionally, Henderson’s mother, Tiffany Henderson, and her boyfriend, Geoffrey Wheeler, were both arrested on Thursday for allegedly helping the suspect to evade arrest during his two days on the lam, KPRC reported.

According to prosecutors, Henderson went to his mother’s home after he killed Sgt. Sullivan, but she wasn’t there at the time, KTRK reported.

Although Tiffany later told investigators that she didn’t know where her son could be, security footage showed her and Wheeler dropping him off at a hotel.

"She and the boyfriend took him from a location close to the scene to a hotel where he spent the night," Harris County District Attorney's Office Chief of Vehicular Crimes Sean Teare said, according to KTRK. "She then went to her home and came into contact with sheriff's deputies immediately when she arrived at her house. She initially told them she didn't even know who Mr. Henderson was."

Tiffany and Wheeler have both been charged with felony hindering the apprehension of a felon, KPRC reported.

The fatal altercation occurred in the 2000-block of San Sebastian Court at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, as Sgt. Sullivan and another NBPD officer were attempting to arrest a Henderson on a domestic violence warrant during a traffic stop, the Houston Chronicle reported.

As police were handcuffing him, Henderson went on the fight and managed to get away from the officers.

He then ran back to his Jeep and floored the accelerator, slamming his vehicle into Sgt. Sullivan as he fled the scene.

Sgt. Sullivan was rushed to HCA-Houston Clear Lake Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Police later discovered the suspect’s abandoned Jeep in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex, according to WFAA.

A massive search for Sgt. Sullivan’s killer led police to the Henderson’s mother’s home in Houston early Wednesday morning, the Houston Chronicle reported.

He was believed to be holed up inside the residence, but was not located when SWAT officers forced entry, the city said in a press release at approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Henderson was apprehended at another residence in Houston the following day.

According to court records, Henderson had pending charges out of Galveston, Montgomery, and Harris counties at the time of Sgt. Sullivan’s murder, KTRK reported.

He had been arrested in Galveston and Montgomery counties for allegedly stealing tools from Home Depot stores, according to KHOU.

He also fled from police his vehicle in Montgomery County when they attempted to arrest him in connection with that incident.

Henderson was charged with weapons and drug offenses in Fort Bend County in 2016, KHOU reported.

He was a juvenile at the time, and the charges were ultimately dismissed.

In February, Henderson was charged with domestic violence in Harris County after he allegedly pointed a gun at the mother of his children and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t open the door to her vehicle to allow him to get in, KHOU reported.

When the victim complied, he allegedly choked her and threatened to “knock all her teeth out of her mouth,” according to court documents.

The woman and Henderson broke up sometime after the incident.

On Dec. 8, Henderson allegedly attacked her again after he showed up unannounced to the woman’s workplace function and threatened to assault one of her coworkers, KHOU reported.

When the ex-girlfriend attempted to leave the area, Henderson lifted her off the ground and stuffed her into his vehicle, scratching her face in the process.

He drove for several blocks before the victim convinced him to release her by telling him that the police had been contacted and were coming for him.

That incident resulted in the domestic violence warrant that Sgt. Sullivan and a fellow officer were attempting to serve on Henderson during the traffic stop on Tuesday night.

Henderson, who goes by the name “The Real Killah Dre,” appears to be quite proud of his criminal exploits, having posted his own mugshots, portions of his criminal history, and a video of him being released from jail on an earlier charge onto his various social media accounts.

“Y’all thought the kid wasn’t coming home, huh?” Henderson boasted in the video as he burst out of the front doors of the jail in celebration. “Over three counties, mother--ker! Over three motherf--king different bonds – three cases – look at this!”

He then flaunted his release paperwork, and bragged about having posted approximately $100,000 to bail himself out, the video showed.

“And the kid’s still back at it, man!” Henderson declared, fanning out a stack of $20 bills for the camera.

Houston Police Officer’s Union (HPOU) Board Member Christian Dorton shared the clip to Twitter on Wednesday.

“When they capture Tavores Henderson, don't let anyone tell you he was a good kid or use his baby photos in news articles,” Dorton wrote. “Tavores Henderson is a thieving, robbing, drug dealing, woman abusing, lowlife piece of trash, gang member.”

Sgt. Sullivan, a married mother-of-one, would have celebrated her 16th anniversary with the NBPD on Dec. 27, Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie said during a press conference.

Chief Cromie said that Sgt. Sullivan was “a police officer at heart,” and that she was always a “consummate professional.”

“Her blood ran blue,” the chief added.

She served the department as a night shift sergeant, and was also in charge of the agency’s training schedule.

“She’s going to be deeply missed by the department, by the officers, and by the community,” Chief Cromie told reporters.

Comments (25)
Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

People laughed and skulked when I said Texas is becoming the New Commiefornia, but I wonder if they're still laughing now? Every day Texas creeps more and more Left, it won't be long before people start fleeing from their new Leftist "Utopia"🐀💩 just like they are doing now from Commiefornia.

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whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

She (mother) initially told them she didn't even know who Mr. Henderson was." ??? Moms' cannot say Good Boy, this time. He's Not good Boy, so, I'll just HIDE him!! She's caught and he is too!! yay!!!!

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

“This coward who took the life of a hero & poses a clear & present danger to community & the people we serve,” Chief Acevedo tweeted. “Bail decisions need to be made on the basis of risk to pubic safety & of flight.”

“Mr Amann,you need to resign from your position as a non-elected PC court magistrate immediately. Your total lack of judgement/common sense in this case prevents you from ever sitting on that bench.”

YEP, RESIGN!!!

Texasgirl1973
Texasgirl1973

Super happy to see they have charged him with Capital murder. It was Felony murder which carries 5 years to life. Now the death penalty is in the table or a life sentence.

Leoliker
Leoliker

I am as outraged by this as anyone. But I can't help but think that the black community is trying to change the narrative of all police being out to get them. And I think Live PD is showing that. Yes, the punks are disrespectful and hateful and probably always well be. This applies to all colors and Heaven knows, we sure can see plenty of losers with the "attitude" that are hispanic and white. But I also see many black people who comply with the police requests and are polite and cooperative and are treated well in return. And many people of all colors who aid the police in pointing out where the alleged criminal went. I think pressing charges against anyone and everyone who aided these pathetic pieces of inhumanity is something that MUST be done if we expect it to stop. And we need to understand that it will never stop completely as long as the parents are as bad as the children they raised. But we need to give credit where credit is due. As to the judges, don't get me started. We, as citizens, need to pay attention to all sentences handed down and hold the judges who consistently coddle to account. Recall petitions. Complaints to the state and county judiciary boards. Demand for removal of any non-elected judges and apologies from those who appointed them. Until we start acting like this is OUR country, it won't be.

skidrowvet
skidrowvet

It's things like this that reminds me how much things have turned against the Police. And like Dr. Shoe said Texas is going the way of cali so there is really no place left to go- it's all gonna be cali pretty soon- what a shame

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

Although Tiffany later told investigators that she didn’t know where her son could be, security footage showed her and Wheeler dropping him off at a hotel.

"She and the boyfriend took him from a location close to the scene to a hotel where he spent the night," Harris County District Attorney's Office Chief of Vehicular Crimes Sean Teare said, according to KTRK.

"She then went to her home and came into contact with sheriff's deputies immediately when she arrived at her house.

"She initially told them she didn't even know who Mr. Henderson was."

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

No cop-killer should ever be granted bond or bail.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The DA got a no bond on another charge so he's not going anywhere.

PPO7150
PPO7150

It's not that incredible to me, cause Califonians are fleeing that dirt bag state & bringing their baggage and all their BS to the Great State of TX, just as the New Yorkers are doing it to Florida! What baffles me is, they all escape because of High Taxes, incredible Regulations, BS Polititians, and they come to vote the same damn way they were voting in their rat infested state

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

No wonder he's a thug cause his mother is a piece of shit too!!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

$150,000 bond? Seriously? I've heard of people with narcotics trafficking charges get far more. How about no bond till trial. It is a murder of a police officer charge. Should get automatic death penalty on conviction.

Keeblertime
Keeblertime

I like how everyone is butthurt about the bond. Y'all are the real snowflakes.

Patriot63
Patriot63

By murdering a Police Officer this sick individual has proven his disrespect of the Law. Attempted Cop killer's and Cop killers should not ever be given the option of bail. Facing those charges being released on bail only gives the criminal a chance to repeat there offense. Setting bail for a Cop killer it would really amaze me if he will show up for his trial. As far as the bail the anti-Cop following will most likely cover it.


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