Aaron Dean, the ex Forth Worth police officer who gunned down Atatiana Jefferson in her home, was indicted for her murder on Friday, December 20.
Dean was conducting a welfare check after Jefferson’s neighbor, James Smith, called the non-emergency line because her door was ajar and the lights were on around 2 a.m. on October 12, 2019.
The officer’s body cam showed he fired the fatal shot, striking Atatiana through a window, just two seconds after calling out a command towards her.
Aaron Dean resigned two days after fatally shooting Atatiana.
Ashley Carr, Atatiana’s sister, spoke out at a press conference following the indictment saying, “When I heard it, it was definitely surreal because it was kind of facing the fact that this is the reality we are having to face at this moment.”
Atatiana’s mother wasn’t present because she was hospitalized with congestive heart failure.
The family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, took to Twitter writing:
The former @CityofFortWorth cop that shot #AtatianaJefferson to death in her home was indicted for murder by a Tarrant County Grand Jury today! Atatiana’s family is relived but remain cautious that a conviction and appropriate sentence is still a long way away. Keep pushing.
See his original tweet below.
Please send up a prayer that this family gets justice for Atatiana Jefferson’s senseless murder.
Source: NY Post