Latest: Assault charge still pending for convicted ex-cop

DALLAS – The Latest, a white former policeman convicted of the murder in on-duty death of an unarmed black teenager in Texas (all times local):

1:35 pm

Prosecutors are considering whether to pursue in anticipation of the attack against a white former Dallas-area police officer convicted of murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Roy Oliver was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after his conviction in the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs.

The jury acquitted Oliver on two allegations of abuse a result of the shooting, but he faces two aggravated assault charges related to the incident.

Dallas County prosecutor Michael Snipes, said the county attorney general’s office also still need to decide about the assault charges in connection with an incident two weeks before the shooting. Oliver is accused of pointing a firearm after the back closed.

The Dallas County sheriff’s department, says Oliver, is in custody in the Dallas County jail.


12:26 pm

Family members of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot leaving a party in a suburb of Dallas say the judges gave the white ex-policeman who killed him too lenient of a sentence.

Former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver was sentenced to 15 years Wednesday night by the same jury that convicted him of the murder of a day earlier.

Charmaine Edwards, step-mother of the 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, said Oliver, “you see the life again after 15 years and that is not enough, because Jordan can’t see the life again.”

Prosecutors had asked for a minimum of 60 years in prison.

Oliver fired into a car full of black teenagers the night of the April 2017 party, killing Edwards.

Oliver has said that he feared the vehicle was moving in the direction of his partner. The partner told jurors he did not believe his life was in danger.

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