Former officer Roy Oliver sentenced to 15 years in fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards
A white former Dallas-area police officer was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday night in the murder of a unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards. The jury also imposed a $10,000 fine on Oliver
Former Balch Springs Officer Roy Oliver, 38, was convicted of murder by jurors on Tuesday in a Dallas courtroom according to Dallas News. The former Dallas area cop fatally shooting Jordan Edwards, 15, after responding to the party in Balch Springs on April 29, 2017. Oliver fired his AK-47 rifle into a car full of teens striking Edwards in the head.
Oliver testified that he shot at the car because he feared his partner, Officer Tyler Gross, was in danger. Body camera footage showed the opposite, as car was moving away from the officers. Officer Tyler Gross testified that his life was not in danger.
During the sentencing phase, which began after Tuesday’s conviction, Jordan’s father, Odell Edwards, said that the family would never be the same. Edwards said after the verdict on Tuesday to convict Oliver, “I’m happy, very happy. It’s been a long time, a hard year.”
It was the first murder conviction of police officer in Dallas County since 1973. “I just want to say I’m happy, very happy,” Edwards father, Odell Edwards, said outside the courtroom. He said it had “been a long time” since he felt that way.
Oliver’s half-sister, Wendi Oliver, also testified that she sent a family member of Jordan’s a Facebook message in which she said she hopes justice is served.
“I hope that he gets what he deserves, because he took an innocent life,” Wendi Oliver said. “And I feel sorry for what, that he has done to this boy.”
Jordan’s pastor recalled the teen as a light in the church, whose smile brightened the building when one walked in, and said the boy had hoped to attend the University of Alabama.