Former Balch Springs officer indicted for 15-year-old Jordan Edwards' murder

Gladys Abbott
July 18, 2017

Roy Oliver, 37, fired a rifle into a vehicle that was driving away from a party in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs in April, killing Jordan Edwards, 15.

The Balch Springs Police Department later changed that account, however, after video of the incident showed the teenagers were actually driving away from Oliver when he fired multiple rounds into the packed vehicle.

Edwards, who was described by family and friends as a standout high school student and athlete, was struck in the head by a bullet and died.

In addition to being indicted for Edwards' murder, Oliver also faces four counts of aggravated assault - one for each teenager who was riding in the auto. Balch Springs police initially attributed the shooting, in part, to aggressive driving: After hearing gunshots and seeing a black Chevy Impala carrying Jordan and three other passengers reversing toward the police, Oliver opened fire, police said.

Oliver, who was a member of the police department for six years, was sacked in May.

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"A murder indictment for Roy Oliver is appropriate", Merritt wrote on Twitter, "but the fact is it's been +40 years since a cop was convicted in TX".

A trial date has not yet been set, according to the Dallas Morning News.

In June, Oliver was also indicted on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant in an unrelated road rage incident.

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"It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County District Attorney's office", Faith Johnson, the district attorney, told a news conference, adding that her department will prosecute the case vigorously.

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