DALLAS – Two fired police officers accused of holding country singer Steve Holy at gunpoint during an argument at his home were indicted on charges that could bring them up to 20 years in prison.
Randy Anderson and Paul Loughridge were indicted Monday on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Anderson was also indicted on one count of kidnapping.
Holy, a friend and the two officers were allegedly drinking and playing foosball during an impromptu gathering at Holy's home early on Dec. 27 when an argument broke out, officials said.
Lt. Vernon Hale said one of the officers didn't believe Holy was really the country singer, known for his hits "Brand New Girlfriend" and "Good Morning Beautiful."
Holy told police the officers pointed their guns at him and the friend and ordered them on the ground. Before the officers left, the police report said, Anderson told Holy that he'd kill him if he said anything.
Anderson, 26, and Loughridge, 48, were fired in January. Hale said the department acted swiftly since they were accused of a criminal act. They had both joined the department in 2005.
Although he declined to discuss specifics, Loughridge said he believed he would be exonerated.
"I've had faith all along in the criminal justice system, and that faith continues," Loughridge said. A phone number for Anderson could not be located.
Holy's attorney has said the singer and a friend were at a bar not far from his home when Holy saw an off-duty officer he knew. That officer introduced him to Anderson and Loughridge.
When the bar closed, Holy, his friend and the officers went to play foosball in Holy's garage. The other officer left a short time later, but Loughridge and Anderson stayed.
In a 911 call after the alleged confrontation, an operator talking to Holy sounds frustrated by an inability to get information.
"Here's the problem, ma'am. I'm a recording artist, and — ma'am? Are you listening to me?" he says at one point. When she tries to ask Holy if the two officers left together, Holy answers: "He put a gun to our heads."
"OK, you told me that at least five or six times," she says. "I have that. I understand that."