A Dallas, Texas jury found a police officer who killed unarmed Black teen Jordan Edwards after he left a house party last year guilty of murder on Tuesday, according to Dallas News.
Roy Oliver, 38, was charged with murder and four counts of aggravated assault for Edwards’ death in April 2017. He was found not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault. He hasn’t been to trial for the two other assault charges.
Jurors deliberated for 12 hours on Monday and Tuesday before delivering their verdict.
Oliver was a Balch Springs police officer when he shot and killed 15-year-old Edwards, who was in a car with four other Black teenagers after they left a house party last year.
He was fired from his job following the incident and told jurors that he shot at the car because it was moving toward his partner, thinking he was in danger, according to the New York Post.
His partner testified disagreeing with Oliver’s take saying that he did not feel a need to fire his weapon and didn’t fear for his life.
Oliver could have been found guilty of manslaughter, which carries a punishment up to 20 years, as opposed to life in prison that comes with the murder and aggravated assault charges, per Dallas News.
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