Texas officer in murder case faces unrelated assault charges

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

The former Texas police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager has been indicted on two unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver was taken into custody and booked in the Parker County Jail Friday on two new aggravated assault charges. The case was sent to the grand jury, which voted to indict Wednesday. The woman testified before the grand jury that Oliver pointed a gun at her after the two were involved in a minor auto accident two weeks before the Edwards shooting.

Dallas officers at the time of the accident in April determined no offense had occurred. He posted the original $300,000 bail for that charge, but it was increased to $500,000, per the request of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

In May, Oliver was sacked and then arrested after the Balch Springs Police Chief said body camera video did not match his version of events in the Edwards shooting. A message left with Oliver's attorney was not immediately returned.

A Dallas County grand jury has not yet heard the murder case.

If Oliver is convicted the punishment for each of the assault charges ranges from 5 years to 99 years in prison. "My office also remains committed to seeking justice on behalf of Jordan Edwards".

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