DALLAS (AP) — The jury selection
process began Friday in the trial of a white former suburban Dallas
police officer charged with murder after fatally shooting a black
Former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver fired into a
moving car occupied by five black teenagers in April 2017, striking and
killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, prosecutors said. Oliver opened fire
as the vehicle was driving away. Police initially said the vehicle was
reversing "in an aggressive manner" toward officers, but Balch Springs
Police Chief Jonathan Haber later said that video taken at the scene
proved the vehicle was actually driving away from the officers.
court filings, Oliver has said he and his partner were in fear for
their lives when the vehicle occupied by the teens sped past them.
was fired for violating department policies and a grand jury last year
indicted him on a murder charge, along with four counts of aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.
jury selected from the process will hear and deliberate on the murder
charge and two of the four assault charges, according to the Dallas
County District Attorney's Office. The other two charges are still
Oliver has also been indicted in a separate incident in
which police said he drew his weapon and pointed it at the ground after
he was rear-ended. The incident occurred while he was off-duty.
The district attorney's office said charges tied to that case are also pending.