Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Black Teen

Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Black Teen

Texas Cop Found Guilty Of Killing Unarmed Black Teen

Fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was struck and killed. He was sacked from the department shortly after the incident.

When the guilty verdict was read, family members of Jordan Edwards hugged and shook hands. Jordan, a standout athlete at Mesquite High School near Dallas, died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said. "We wanted this for the Edwards family".

"I'm just 16, sir", he said.

Odell Edwards, his father, spoke about how hard the past year had been for their family and how happy he was about the decision.

Daryl Washington, the attorney with for the Edwards family, added that the verdict "meant more than justice for Jordan". It's about Alton Sterling.

The shooting was among a growing list of similar cases in which African-Americans were killed by white police officers.

"That's who this case is about". Marking Oliver's murder conviction as a particularly rare occurrence. Defense attorneys argued that Oliver was trying to protect his partner, while the ex-officer maintained that he was justified in shooting Edwards. Very happy. It's been a long time. "And today Texas got it right". Oliver was found guilty August 28. Oliver had also been responding to reports that teens were drinking at the party, yet an autopsy report revealed that Edwards wasn't under the influence when Oliver shot him.

He could face between five and 99 years in prison for the murder conviction. Check back for new information and don't forget to download our free WFAA app to stay up-to-date on all news stories in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Most officers aren't even charged in the shooting deaths of civilians. However, available body camera footage disputed this. "It doesn't matter that looking back on it, in hindsight, we'd all make a different decision now", Gill told the jury Monday. The jury reached its verdict after about 12-13 hours of deliberation.

The jury found Oliver not guilty of aggravated assault for firing with a rifle into the auto of teenagers. "The evil that is in Roy Oliver", said Prosecutor Shawn Keedra Martin.

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"That man shouldn't have been convicted of murder", she said. "I mean, what about the 15-year-old kid at the party at 11 o'clock at night?"

Listen to reaction from Balch Springs. He says it wasn't clear what happened. It made her hyper-vigilant and led to tough conversations with her boys.

The Dallas County, Texas, jury convicted Roy Oliver of murder but found him not guilty of two lesser charges in the honor student's death. "I hope it will".

Oliver has testified he thought his partner was in danger and said he chose to fire when he saw the auto moving toward his partner. He also said he didn't feel like the vehicle was trying to hit him.

They also sent two notes to the judge, one asking for a transcript of some of Oliver's testimony to settle a dispute over whether Oliver said the sound of vehicle glass breaking factored into his decision to shoot and a second requesting a copy of a written statement Oliver provided after the shooting.

During his closing argument, Snipes described Oliver as reckless and out of control. It's the moment they have prayed for since he was shot and killed by Oliver in April of 2017. "I was in shock for days". Police initially said the vehicle backed up toward officers "in an aggressive manner", but later said that bodycam video showed the vehicle was moving forward as officers approached. But police later reported that video showed the auto was moving forward as officers approached.

Roy Oliver, 38, was convicted of murder by jurors on Tuesday in a Dallas courtroom according to Dallas News. Edwards' family, friends, and teachers will provide testimony to the judge before the sentencing period, according to reports from the Star-Telegram.

During the trial, Oliver testified that he fired because the auto was driving toward his partner.

About a half-a-dozen people who know Oliver are expected to testify. His trial is scheduled to begin September 5.

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