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Ex-police officer indicted for murder of Atatiana Jefferson

Dean shot and killed Jefferson through her bedroom window as she played video games with her nephew.

Aaron Dean
Tarrant County Jail via AP

Former police officer, Aaron Dean, has been indicted for the murder of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.

NBC News reports that Dean was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Friday after he was charged with the murder back in October. Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when Dean shot and killed her through her bedroom window. Dean was responding to a call from Jefferson’s neighbor who claimed that her front door was wide open.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jefferson’s family, tweeted that they are relieved with the indictment, but “remain cautious that a conviction and appropriate sentence is still a long way away.”

Police said that Dean’s body camera footage showed that he did not identify himself before taking fire. Dean can be seen looking into a window and yelling, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” He then shot and killed Jefferson, as her nephew watched.

Jefferson’s nephew allegedly told police that his aunt had taken her handgun out of her purse and pointed it at the window because she heard noises outside. Police say that she was well within her rights to protect herself at her home.

Dean was arrested just days after the shooting occurred. He resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department prior to his arrest. He was later released on bond.

“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Police Chief Ed Kraus told reporters.

The heartbreaking news of Jefferson’s death, shook her family, especially her father, Marquis Jefferson. According to the Dallas Morning News, spokesperson Bruce Carter revealed that he passed away on Saturday (Nov. 9) at a hospital in the Dallas area. “Less than a month ago, he was working at El Centro, mentoring kids twice a week,” Carter said. “He just couldn’t get back from what happened with his daughter.”

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