Fired cop who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted for murder

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder

Originally, Police Chief Jonathan Haber claimed that the vehicle was reversing toward Oliver in a menacing manner, but that account was later corrected to state that the auto was moving forward instead. I support our police officers. The black teen, who was unarmed, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Fifteen-year-old Edwards, a freshman at nearby Mesquite High School, was in the vehicle along with two of his brothers and two more friends.

A Dallas County, Texas, grand jury has decided that the police officer who fired a rifle at a vehicle full of teenagers in April, fatally wounding one of them, will face murder charges. Body camera footage showed the auto driving away from the scene and away from the officers when Oliver fired the shots into the vehicle. Following his termination, the Balch Springs police chief said Oliver had violated department policies.

The charges against Oliver follow the indictment of three Chicago officers for interfering in the investigation of a 2014 shooting death.

Oliver was sacked in May after department officials said that his actions had violated department policies. The charge of murder is a first degree felony, and if convicted, carries a punishment range of five to 99 years in prison or life.

Oliver, who has since been fired from the police department, faces two other assault charges connected to a separate road rage incident, in which he is accused of threatening two people with a gun. The district attorney's office requested Oliver's previous bond be increased because he was considered a danger to the community.

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"It is important to let the public know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office", Johnson said of Oliver's indictment. No date has yet been set for the trial against him.

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