Former Texas officer indicted for murder in death of Jordan Edwards

Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

Oliver initially claimed the vehicle, driven by one of Edwards' brothers, had reversed into the officers, justifying his decision to open fire on the Chevy Impala.

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.

"We have some great police officers", she said. "This is the very first time we've issued an arrest warrant for a police officer before the case was presented to the grand jury".

The Balch Springs Police Department later changed that account, however, after video of the incident showed the teenagers were actually driving away from Oliver when he fired multiple rounds into the packed vehicle.

At the time of Oliver's arrest, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said the arrest warrant was issued because evidence suggested Oliver "intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly risky to human life that caused the death of an individual".

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"I have a personal guarantee to Jordan, his family, this community that we will prosecute this case vigorously", Johnson told reporters.

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 traveling away from him and another officer. The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards. He turned himself in and posted bond.

Oliver was also indicted at the end of June on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant for an unrelated incident that took place just two weeks before Edwards was killed, when Oliver allegedly pulled a gun on a woman who rear-ended his vehicle while he was off duty.

Cindy Stormer, who was previously listed as Oliver's attorney, could not be reached on Monday.

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

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