Man accused in Texas deputy slaying held without bond


Robert Solis, 47, who is accused in the shooting death of Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, appears for Judge Chris Morton at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Houston. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ordered that a Houston man charged with capital murder in the slaying of a sheriff’s deputy be held without bond.

Robert Solis is accused of fatally shooting Harris County sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal (san-DEEP’ DAH’-lee-wahl) during a traffic stop Friday near Houston. Police say 42-year-old Dhaliwal was shot multiple times from behind. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Houston Chronicle reports that District Judge Chris Morton said Monday that, if convicted, 47-year-old Solis could face the death penalty.

Solis had a warrant for violating parole when Dhaliwal stopped him Friday. Authorities say they received “credible information” that Solis might have a mental illness or intellectual disability and ordered an evaluation.

Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy on Harris County’s force.

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