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Ex-Balch Springs Officer Indicted on Murder Charge in Teen's Death

18 July, 2017, 02:54 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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The Dallas Morning News reports that former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver faces a murder charge for killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards this past April 29 when he fired his gun at a vehicle full of teenagers who were leaving a party.

The five were driving away from a house party after reportedly hearing shots.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Edwards' death a homicide, due to a rifle wound to the head.

Johnson said Oliver was also indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to the other four teens who were in the vehicle. "You have my personal guarantee that we will prosecute this case vigorously". "This to me is the first step to healing this community, and hopefully rebuilding the community".

Through a FOIA request, NBC News learned that Oliver had previously been suspended for anger problems and was ordered to take anger management training. Oliver has a right to appeal the firing, the department said after his dismissal. The district attorney said the indictment wasn't a political statement.

Oliver, 31, and several other officers were called to the scene in late April after neighbors called police about a loud house party in the neighborhood, stating that they were anxious about underage drinking because of the teens they could see coming in and out of the residence. However, Haber later said after a review of video captured at the scene, that the vehicle was headed away from the officers.

A former police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in the head has been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury, prosecutors in the USA state of Texas say. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department officially charged Oliver with murder shortly after the shooting.

Oliver is out on $700,000 bail, reports Dallas News. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, notes WFAA. The deaths have spawned protests and fueled a national conversation on police conduct.

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