Aaron Dean found guilty of manslaughter in 2019 killing of Atatiana Jefferson

Aaron Dean found guilty of manslaughter in 2019 killing of Atatiana Jefferson

Crime

Kerry Breen


CBS News

Aaron Dean found guilty for manslaughter


Aaron Dean, a former officer, found guilty of manslaughter for the shooting of Atatiana Jefferson

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Aaron Dean, a White former Texas police officer, was found guilty of manslaughter after he shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, an African woman, in her home.

Dean was initially indicted for murder. The judge informed jurors that they could consider a verdict for manslaughter on Wednesday.

Dean will be sentenced at an unknown date. Texas’ maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years imprisonment.

On October 12, 2019, Dean responded to a call regarding an open front door and arrived at Jefferson’s house. It was revealed during theLong-delayed trialJefferson’s nephew was at the house and noticed that the door was open. This allowed Jefferson to smoke hamburgers. Dean testified that he had been notified by a neighbor about the open door. Believed that a burglary was underway.

Dean went to the backyard to check for signs of burglary while he was looking for them. Jefferson was looking out from a window, carrying a gun she owned. Jefferson’s nephew, 8 years old, stated that his aunt grabbed the gun because she heard outside noises.

The trial’s main issue was whether Dean saw it before opening fire. Dean testified that he saw the barrel of the gun pointed towards him and opened fire. His defense attorney Bob Gill stated in closing statements that Dean had the right to self-defense.

While he is arguing his case,Dale Smith, the prosecutor, argued Dean didn’t announce himself and didn’t give Jefferson enough time to comply with commands, such as raising her arms. Prosecutors also claimed that Dean did not see the gun and described him to be a “gung-ho hard-charger” who had “just shot.” The Fort Worth Police Department released body camera footage showing Dean shooting less than a second after Jefferson was addressed.

Dean had just completed his police academy training in the year prior to the 2019 shooting. Stop using force He was arrested two days after the shooting and charged with murder hours later.

Seven months before George Floyd’s death, Jefferson’s death sparked protests around the world. CBS News DFW reporter Caroline Vandergriff stated that the scene following the verdict was emotional. There was audible outrage and chants of “no Justice, no Peace” from those who were watching the trial.

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