Six years after being beaten and tased by police, Derrick Newman still seeks justice

It was August 2007 when a Beaumont police officer's dash camera video captured Derrick Newman being beaten and tased by Beaumont police officers during a traffic stop.  The video did not go public until two years later, and in 2010 the two officers, Todd Burke and Cody Guedry, were convicted by juries for official oppression.

Burke's first trial ended in a mistrial and his second one was moved to San Antonio where he was convicted.  The Bexar County jury found Burke guilty for wrongfully using his police baton and striking the unarmed Newman 13 times with the baton.

A Jefferson County jury found Guedry guilty of wrongfully using a Taser at least twice against Newman.

Newman thought justice had been served, but two years later the juries' verdicts were thrown out; Burke's because of a question of a juror's impartiality, and Guedry because of ineffective counsel.

Both officers were granted new trials, but another year has passed and Newman is still waiting for those trials to take place.

Newman commends how hard Jefferson County District Attorney Tom Maness and his team have fought for him, but he worries with Maness retiring at the end of the year, a new DA won't put forth as much effort.

After being reset several times, including one time because Burke had to have back surgery.  We've learned Burke's trial is set for March 10, 2014 in Judge Layne Walker's courtroom.

There is still no trial date for Guedry.

Guedry's case is assigned to Judge John Stevens' court.

Judge Stevens told 12News there are capital murder trials that he must preside over first, plus he's been assigned as a visiting judge over election fraud cases in Montgomery County.  But he expects both sides in the Guedry case to get together and decide on a date most likely in the Spring.


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