Texas grand jury indicts cop who shot into car, killing teen

Texas grand jury indicts cop who shot into car, killing teen

A handout photo released by Merritt Law Firm shows Jordan Edwards, 15, in a family portrait. Edwards was shot and killed in a vehicle by a police officer at the scene of a reported party at a home in Balch Springs, Texas.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson also announced Monday that the grand jury indicted Oliver on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

“It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County DA’s Office,” Johnson said. “This is the very first time we have issued an arrest warrant for a police officer before the case was presented to a grand jury. As we move forward, my office continues to be committed to seeking justice for Jordan and his family. You have my personal guarantee that we will prosecute this case vigorously.”

Oliver faces up to life in prison. He also was indicted in June on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant in an unrelated incident, where he is accused of displaying a gun during a traffic accident. Oliver was off duty in Dallas when he was rear-ended by another vehicle, and according to a police report, he pulled his service weapon and kept it pointed at the ground.

No charges were filed by a Dallas officer who responded, but district attorney officials said last month that it “showed a pattern of behavior.” Johnson's office requested Oliver’s previous bond in the murder case be increased because he was considered a danger to the community. Oliver paid bond in the two new charges and the increased bond for the murder charge in June.

A phone message left with Oliver’s attorney, Jim Lane, was not immediately returned Monday.



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