Sentencing underway for ex-Texas cop convicted of murder

Posted at 5:12 AM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 06:12:27-04

By RYAN TARINELLI Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) – Texas jurors who convicted a former police officer of murder in the death of a black, unarmed teenager will hear more testimony when the sentencing phase of the trial resumes.

Wednesday marks the second day of the sentencing phase in the trial of Roy Oliver. He was convicted Tuesday for the 2017 slaying of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

Jordan Edwards
15-year-old Jordan Edwards

Oliver was a police officer in Balch Springs when he fired into a car full of black teenagers as it drove away from a house party in the Dallas suburb. Edwards was killed.

Oliver said he feared the car was endangering his partner, though his partner says he didn’t believe his life was ever in danger.

Jurors heard from Edwards’ father later Tuesday. He says his son always had a smile on his face and dreamed of playing football at Alabama.

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