Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson indicted for murder

Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in her home on October 12.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when Dean entered her backyard. She rose up to take a look out the window when she was shot, according to police records. Dean, 35, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury.

The arrest warrant mentions three times that Dean didn’t announce that he was a police officer when he went around the house. Dean didn’t provide a statement to Forth Worth investigators on why he shot, according to officials. Usually, in such investigations, it’s common for a cop to give a statement to investigators and to the internal affairs division of their police department.

Jefferson’s family lawyer, civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, announced Dean’s indictment , saying, “Though her family is relived [sic] by the news, we need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing.”

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