(AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a former Dallas police officer who was arrested on capital murder charges for allegedly ordering two killings in 2017. That came after prosecutors said during the hearing that they don’t have enough evidence to move forward with the case.
Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Audrey Moorehead ordered the release of Bryan Riser, a 13-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Riser was taken into custody by his colleagues in March, when he was charged in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme. He was subsequently fired. During Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors disagreed with a police detective’s assessment that they had enough evidence to prosecute.