Ex-police officer charged with murder for killing black teen in Texas

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Luglio 18, 2017

Jordan was in a auto with his brother and friends when he was shot in the head by Oliver after leaving a party on April 29.

In May, Oliver was sacked and then arrested after the Balch Springs Police Chief said body camera video did not match his version of events in the Edwards shooting.

Police had initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredited the claim, showing the auto driving forward, away from him.

Edwards, sitting in the front passenger's seat, was hit in the back of the head by the gunfire.

According to the Dallas Morning News, 37-year-old Roy Oliver was also indicted on four counts of aggravated assault for each of the teens who were in the vehicle with Jordan at the time the 15-year-old was fatally shot. Oliver has not made a public statement about the shooting.

Oliver, who was a member of the police department for six years, was sacked in May.

A trial date has not yet been set, according to the Dallas Morning News.

This is the most recent of Oliver's indictments, with his having been indicted last month on two aggravated assault charges after he was accused of pulling a gun on two people in an unrelated road-rage incident weeks before Jordan's shooting.

"It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County DA's Office", DA Johnson said.

Roy Oliver faces five to 99 years in prison on the murder charge, the Dallas Observer reports. He was charged with murder less than a week after Edwards' death.

A white former Texas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the April shooting death of a black teenager who was leaving a party, prosecutors said Monday.

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