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

18 July 2017, 01:28 | Kelvin Horton

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted for Murder in Teenager's Death

Jordan Edwards with his stepmother Charmaine Edwards and his sister Korrie on a family trip to the beach. Jordan was shot at killed at age 15 by a Balch Springs police officer who fired his rifle into a car as Jordan his brothers and friends dro

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A Dallas County grand jury indicted former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver on a murder charge and four additional counts of aggravated assault for the April 2017 shooting, prosecutors said.

On April 29, Oliver fired into a vehicle containing Edwards and his friends, including his brother, when the auto was leaving a party. Oliver was sacked in May for violating department policies after police department officials reviewed body camera footage of the incident, which showed Oliver shooting his rifle into a moving vehicle that was travelling away from him and another officer.

Edwards, who was described by family and friends as a standout high school student and athlete, was struck in the head by a bullet and died.

Oliver, along with another officer, had responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in the predominantly black and Hispanic city of Balch Springs, about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Dallas. Oliver was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault, for the four other teenagers in the auto with Edwards when Oliver shot a rifle into the vehicle as it drove away from a party on April 29.

Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Edwards family, greeted the news of Monday's indictment with cautious optimism. District Attorney Faith Johnson slammed Oliver as a "danger to the community".

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. Oliver then shot multiple rounds into the sedan with a rifle, as it drove away from him, according to the warrant. He was charged with murder less than a week after Edwards' death.

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