CENTER, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A Center Police detective has confirmed he is being investigated for a felony perjury charge.
Joey Haley, 35, of Joaquin, said the investigation surrounds his own investigation of a fight between two Shelby County deputies, which led to the indictment of Desmond McDaniel for assault of a peace officer.
The investigation began Tuesday, the day after the indictment was handed down, Haley said. The Texas Rangers Office is leading the investigation.
"I've been told I'm being investigated," Haley said. "I'm not allowed to talk about the particulars. All I can say is it's a false accusation. It's completely ruined my life so far."
Center Police Chief Jim Albers confirmed the investigation.
Haley is at least the third Shelby County law enforcement officer being investigated for criminal activity. Aside from the McDaniel indictment, another former deputy, Rex Calhoun, is charged with capital murder along with his wife in the death of his brother.
McDaniel was booked into the Shelby County Jail on Wednesday and booked out on a $1,000 bond.
"Apparently after the grand jury heard statements from the witnesses, they drew their own conclusions and I feel to a degree vindicated," said Kevin Gratehouse, the former deputy who said he was attacked by McDaniel.
Inside the grand jury room of the Shelby County Courthouse, another investigation was brewing, but Gratehouse says the Joey Haley he knows would never cross that line.
"I've known Joey for a long time and I would find that hard to believe that any kind of accusation of him lying, I just find that hard to believe," Gratehouse said.
So now the Texas Rangers office finds itself in the same position Haley was in just a few days before: investigating one of its own.