Former Balch Springs, Texas, Officer Who Shot and Killed Jordan Edwards Indicted on Murder Charge

Roy Oliver (Parker County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department)
Roy Oliver (Parker County, Texas, Sheriff’s Department)

The fired Balch Springs, Texas, police officer who shot and killed Jordan Edwards, a black teen who was leaving a party earlier this year, was indicted on a murder charge Monday by a Dallas County grand jury.

According to the Dallas Morning News, 37-year-old Roy Oliver was also indicted on four counts of aggravated assault for each of the teens who were in the car with Jordan at the time the 15-year-old was fatally shot.

Oliver fired his rifle into the car packed with teens who were leaving the party on April 29. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber originally reported that the car was driving aggressively and backing up toward officers, but he later amended his statement, acknowledging that the car was driving away at the time Oliver shot into the vehicle.


This is the most recent of Oliver’s indictments. He was indicted last month on two aggravated assault charges after he was accused of pulling a gun on two people in an unrelated road rage incident weeks before Jordan’s shooting. District Attorney Faith Johnson slammed Oliver as a “danger to the community.” Originally, the police had said no crime occurred, but the case was looked into more closely after Jordan’s death. Funny how that works.

At any rate, there is no date set for Oliver’s trial, and he is currently free on a $700,000 bond on the murder charge and the assault charges related to the road rage incident. However the Morning News notes that he will likely be arrested or turn himself back in on the four new charges of aggravated assault, since bond on those charges has yet to be decided.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News.

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Vanguard Knight

I don’t expect conviction.

How much have we seen where White Juries have found empathy in spurious claims of fear of the black victim coming from police officers.

All the officer’s defense needs to do is create a story that is reasonable to the average white person about the kids he shot at, and killed.

Now think of the fear you see in the average white stranger you meet, and realize how easy that will be.