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Trial for Officer who Killed Atatiana Jefferson Begins

Atatiana Jefferson
Atatiana Jefferson

It’s been three years since the murder of Atatiana Koquice Jefferson. A jury, void of any Blacks, was seated after the defense filed a second change of venue motion.

The shooting of Ms. Jefferson by former Fort Worth, TX police officer Aaron Dean led to protests and calls for his firing, along with a number of other demands, specifically coming from the Tarrant County Coalition for Community Oversight.

On that fateful night officers went to her home in response to a non-emergency call from a neighbor who said Ms. Jefferson’s front door was open and she had not been seen for hours.

Jefferson, 28, who was babysitting her nephew, 8, was playing video games with him in a bedroom around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

According to reports, the two were enjoying the games when they heard a noise in the backyard. The aunt went to the window.

The officer in the back yard did not identify that he was the police but yelled a command and fired through the window, killing the young woman who earned a biology degree from Xavier University in 2014 and was studying Pre-Med, while also caring for her ailing mother.

Stay tuned as opening statements are made Monday, December 5, 2022.

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