Sikh Police Officer’s killer asks death penalty for himself
by The Canadian Parvasi
Three years after the tragedy, the Harris County Criminal Court finally held on trial a man accused of murdering Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, a Police Officer and a Humanitarian of the Sikh faith. Dhaliwal was the first police officer to serve in US Law Enforcement while
The 50-year-old perpetrator, identified as Robert Solis, was found guilty of capital murder in a judgement that took the jurors less than half an hour. Solis shot the 10-year-veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office ambush style on 27th September 2019.
The accused was notably representing himself in court after previously firing his attorneys.
In his opening statement, Solis appealed to the jurors stating that they should just give him the death penalty if they deemed him responsible for capital murder. The prosecutor, however, argued that he should be deemed guilty of capital murder stating, “A swift verdict does not tell anyone in this courtroom what they already know…Find him guilty of capital murder.”
Prosecutors also stated to the courtroom that the suspect was on an active parole violation warrant vis-a-vis a shooting incident in 2017. The prosecution cited Solis’ unwillingness to go back to jail as a potential motive to shoot Dhaliwal.