Fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver has been indicted for murder for the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.
A Dallas County grand jury returned the indictment for Oliver Monday on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant, according to Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson.
“This is the very first time we have issued an arrest warrant for a police officer before the case was presented to the grand jury,” Johnson said.
Oliver has been indicted on more charges than any police officer in the history of Dallas County related to one incident.
The murder is for shooting and killing Jordan Edwards. The aggravated assault with a deadly weapon indictments are because any of the occupants in the car could have been injured or killed by Oliver’s actions.
Oliver, 31, was one of the responding officers on a call about a loud party on the night of April 29. Edwards was in a vehicle with three other teenagers leaving the party. Police said the car was driving away from the officers when Oliver fired a rifle into the vehicle and killed Edwards.
Edwards’ family stood with Johnson when she made her major announcement.
Former chief in the DA’s office, Kendall Castello, says the speed and magnitude of the indictments send a message to Oliver and Balch Springs police about how highly the DA prioritized the investigation.
“I think that tells you something about how they view this particular case,” Castello said.
Edwards’ family and their attorneys briefly spoke following the DA's news conference.
“To see this happening today, I think it’s historical,” said family attorney Daryl K. Washington.
Edwards’ stepmom, Charmaine, said a lot was lost when the 15-year-old was killed.
“So much,” she said. “I mean a great kid. A great football player. Straight A student. A funny kid. Somebody that was gonna go somewhere.”
Edwards' parents and their attorney says they are confident in the DA's promise of vigorous prosecution and are cautiously optimistic.
“The difference between this case and other cases is that this district attorney wanted an indictment against Roy Oliver,” said family attorney Lee Merritt.
“We couldn’t have done anything in this case without her bold initiatives and her leadership,” said First Assistant DA Mike Snipes. “It’s an honor to work for her, and we intend to win this case.”
Oliver has already been indicted for two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant for a separate incident before the deadly shooting. He is free on $700,000 bond that did not increase with the additional four charges against him.