Court upholds murder sentence of ex-cop who shot Black teen

Texas

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas appeals court has upheld the murder conviction and 15-year sentence of a white ex-cop who fatally shot an unarmed Black teenager in 2017.

The Dallas Mornings News reported the 5th Court of Appeals in Dallas issued its opinion on the former Balch Springs officer’s appeal Monday.

Roy Oliver killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards when he fired into a car packed with teenagers leaving a house party in suburban Dallas.

Oliver claimed he had no option but to use lethal force because he says he thought his partner was in danger.

Oliver was found guilty of murder in August 2018 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

He was also fined $10,000.

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