DALLAS — An attorney for the family of a black teenager shot to death by a white Texas police officer while leaving a party in April says an indictment against the officer is just “one step on the road to justice.”
Attorney Lee Merritt spoke Monday after former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver was indicted on a murder charge in the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Oliver was also indicted on four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official related to four other teens who were in the car with Edwards.
Merritt says, “We’re looking forward to a conviction and proper sentencing.” He said he would consider anything that doesn’t involve serious jail time as less than adequate.
Oliver was fired in May after police officials reviewed body camera footage of the incident, which showed Oliver shooting into a moving vehicle traveling away from him.