Ex-Cop Convicted in Murder of 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Convicted Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver and defense attorney Miles Brissette (R) listen during sentencing for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at the Frank Crowley Courts Building August 29, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Oliver was sentenced to 15 years following five hours of deliberation by jurors.
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A Texas jury has decided that former Balch Springs, Texas officer Roy Oliver will spend the next 15 years of his life in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

According to CNN, in addition to the prison sentence, Oliver will be fined $10,000 in the case.


Oliver, 38, was convicted of murder on Tuesday, following two days of deliberations for the April 2017 killing.


The ex-cop was responding to a call about a house party when they encountered Jordan, his brothers and his friends attempting to leave. The confrontation escalated, with officers first claiming that the boys were “backing down the street toward officers in an aggressive manner,” before later retracting that statement and acknowledging that the teens had been driving away.

Nonetheless, Oliver opened fire, hitting Jordan in the head and killing the 15-year-old.


Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson called Oliver a “killer in blue,” blasting him for violating his oath to protect civilians. Prosecutors were pushing for at least 60 years in prison, while defense argued for 20 years or less, CNN notes.

Charmaine Edwards, Jordan’s mother, said she would have preferred a sentence of 25 to 30 years.


“He actually can see life again after 15 years,” she said. “And that’s not enough because Jordan can’t see life again.”

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