Attorney: Man Who Killed Deputy Feared Home Invasion

Henry Goedrich Magee (Jail photo)

DALLAS (December 23, 2013) Henry Goedrich Magee, 28, who’s accused of killing a Burleson County sheriff’s deputy, thought he was the victim of a home invasion when he opened fire, his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said Monday.

Burleson County sheriff's Sgt. Adam Sowders, 31, was shot to death early last Thursday while serving a warrant at a rural home, almost seven years to the day after he joined the department.

DeGuerin, says sheriff's deputies did not announce themselves when they entered Magee's home on County Road 278 just before 6 a.m. Thursday.

DeGuerin said Magee opened fire without knowing that the person he shot was a sheriff's deputy.

Magee remained jailed Thursday, facing a capital murder charge.

The sheriff’s office said Monday that investigators found the semi-automatic rifle used to kill Sowders at Magee's rural home near Somerville, about 90 miles northwest of Houston.

District Attorney Julie Renken declined to comment on specific allegations due to the investigation.

Sowders joined the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 18, 2006 and was promoted to investigator earlier this year.

He had also worked as a police officer in Somerville and had served as a firefighter in Somerville since he was 18.

He was an emergency management coordinator from April 2005 to April 2006.

Services have been scheduled for Sowders.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in College Station.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church.

Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery on Highway 36 in Somerville.

The Adam Sowders Law Enforcement Continuing Education scholarship memorial fund has been established at the Citizens State Bank in Somerville.