Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder

Roy Oliver, 37, a white officer who was sacked by the Balch Springs Police Department for policy violations a few days after the shooting, was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault relating to the death of Jordan Edwards, 15, in late April, Dallas County prosecutors said.

Roy Oilver was indicted on Monday for murder and four counts of aggravated assault in relation to the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in April. The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards. The black teen, who was unarmed, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson stands with Jordan Edwards' parents
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson stands with Jordan Edwards' parents

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. Following his termination, the Balch Springs police chief said Oliver had violated department policies. In late June, three police brutality trials concluded without a conviction for the officers involved.

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

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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.

A date for Oliver's sentencing has not been set.

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Michael Snipes, the Dallas County district attorney, said there's a "pattern now" with Oliver's behavior, adding that the city thinks "he's very, very likely a danger to the community".

A former Dallas suburb policeman was indicted on Monday by a grand jury for murder for using a rifle to kill a black teenager in a auto moving away from the officer, in a case fueling a national debate over possible racial bias in US policing.

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