DALLAS – The Last on a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black teenager in Texas (all times local):
Cries echoed in the courtroom as a Texas jury found a white former police officer guilty of murder deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Roy Oliver was sentenced Tuesday in Dallas County. He killed the 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last year when he fired his gun into a car full of black teenagers leaving a party in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs.
After the verdict was read, Edwards’ family members sobbed, hugged the officers of justice, and exclaimed: “Thank you, Jesus!”
An attorney for Edwards family, Daryl Washington, said: “This was a long fight.”
The former Balch Springs officer was acquitted of two lesser charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. Jurors deliberated over two days before reaching the verdict.
The trial has now been moved into the decisive phase.
A white former Texas police officer has been found guilty of murder deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager as he left a house party in a car full of teenagers.
Jurors convicted Roy Oliver on Tuesday in a Dallas County courtroom.
Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police days after the April 2017 shooting. Oliver killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards when he shot into a car carrying five black teenagers leaving a local party.
Edwards was in the passenger seat.
Oliver testified that he opened fire after seeing the car to move in the direction of his partner. He says that he thought his partner was in danger. But his partner told jurors he did not fear for his life, and never felt the need to fire his weapon.
A jury began its second day of deliberations in the trial of a white former Texas police officer charged with the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager leaving a house party.
Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after he shot in a moving car filled with five black teenagers, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in April 2017.
A Dallas County jury deliberated for eight hours Monday and resume their work Tuesday.
Oliver testified last week that he decided to fire on the car when he saw it moving in the direction of his partner. But his partner told jurors he did not fear for his life.
Oliver will be tried on murder and aggravated assault charges. Prosecutors say that the jury could find him guilty of manslaughter.