What you should know about the Atatiana Jefferson murder trial

Atatiana Jefferson
Atatiana Jefferson

source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
published: 25 April 2022

Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth police officer who is accused of murder in the 2019 shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, is set to go to trial May 16, with jury selection beginning on May 9.

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Jefferson, a 28-year-old Black woman, was shot inside her own home in south Fort Worth in October 2019. Dean, who was responding to a neighbor’s call about open doors at the home, shot Jefferson through a window.

Here’s a rundown of the case and what comes next:

WHAT HAPPENED?
Dean was indicted on a murder charge after fatally shooting Jefferson through a window while responding to a call about doors being open at her home in October 2019. Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she thought she heard a prowler in the back yard, grabbed a handgun from her purse, and pointed it toward the window, the nephew told a forensic interviewer, according to an arrest warrant affidavit supporting Dean’s arrest.

Dean, who is white, did not identify himself as a police officer and shot Jefferson within seconds, according to body-camera video.

Jefferson’s death prompted outrage from members of the community, leading to marches, protests, and fundraisers and murals in her honor. Atatiana “Tay” Jefferson was a 28-year-old who saved up for medical school, worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales and moved back home to help her mother, whose health was declining.

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