A white former Texas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the April shooting death of a black teenager who was leaving a party.
Ex-Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was indicted by a grand jury on Monday in the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on April 29, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said.
Oliver was fired 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.
Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two teenage brothers and two other teens.
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Former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver (left) was indicted by a grand jury on Monday in the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in April
Police arrived at the scene in Balch Springs, a suburb about 15 miles east of downtown Dallas, to investigate an underage drinking complaint when they heard unrelated gunshots and spotted the vehicle leaving.
Shots from Oliver’s rifle pierced the front passenger window, hitting Edwards in the head as he sat in the front seat.
Oliver also was indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to the other four teens who were in the car.
Oliver’s attorney, Jim Lane, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Monday.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department charged Oliver with murder in May, less than a week after the shooting. Oliver turned himself in and posted bond.
Jordan’s parents Charmaine and Odell Edwards arrive for a news conference in Dallas in May. Their son was leaving a party with his two brothers and two other teens when he was killed
Jordan Edwards, left, poses for a photo with his father, Odell Edwards, in an undated photo
Last month, Oliver was indicted 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 another vehicle rear-ended his and, according to a police report, he pulled his service weapon and kept it pointed at the ground.
A Dallas officer who responded to that incident didn’t file charges, but officials with the district attorney’s office said last month that it ‘showed a pattern of behavior.’
The district attorney’s office asked for Oliver’s previous bond to be increased, saying he was considered a danger to the community.
Oliver paid bond in the two charges for the off-duty Dallas incident and the increased bond for the murder charge in June.
His family described him as a ‘perfect father figure’ who may have been suffering PTSD at the time. He is pictured above with his two children born 11 days apart to different women
Mourners hold the commemorative program as they emerge from the funeral service for 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas