Partner testimony "major blow" in ex-Texas cop's conviction

August 29, 2018 - 7:16 pm

Experts say it was an extremely rare verdict when jurors convicted a former Texas police officer of murder this week for an on-duty shooting.

Criminal justice experts say fewer than 90 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for such shootings since 2005. Less than half were convicted or pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Even more rare is a guilty verdict on a murder charge. That's happened only five other times since 2005 in cases involving non-federal law enforcement officers. Four of those convictions were overturned.

Former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder Tuesday in the 2017 death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Edwards was shot when Oliver fired into a car full of teenagers leaving a party.

Experts say several factors worked against Oliver, including testimony from his partner and bodycam video that ran counter to his testimony.

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