Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder

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Oliver joined the Balch Springs department in 2011 after being an officer with the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department for nearly a year.

It was also announced that Oliver is indicted on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

Police had initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredited the claim, showing the auto driving forward, away from him.

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".

Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver was indicted Monday on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant for the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after Oliver shot a rifle at a vehicle driving away from a house party, striking Edwards in the head and killing him.

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Oliver, who first joined the Balch Springs police in 2011, was sacked shortly after the fatal shooting this past April.

If convicted, he would be the first police officer convicted of murder in Dallas county since 1973, the report adds. However, Haber later said after a review of video captured at the scene, that the auto was headed away from the officers. Hopefully, it is a message we're sending to bad police officers. The charge of murder is a first degree felony, and if convicted, carries a punishment range of five to 99 years in prison or life.

Oliver was indicted last month 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.

A former police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in the head has been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury, prosecutors in the USA state of Texas say. The district attorney's office requested Oliver's previous bond be increased because he was considered a danger to the community.

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