Los Angeles, Dec 15: Former police officer Aaron Dean was found guilty on Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Atiana Jefferson, an African-American woman who was shot inside her home in Fort Worth (Texas) in 2019. when the then officer responded to an open call. Door.
After a five-day trial, a jury found Dean guilty of the death of a 28-year-old woman.
The incident occurred on the morning of October 12, 2019 when Dean and another officer responded to a non-emergency call made by a neighbor about an open door at Jefferson’s home.
According to body camera footage that emerged during the trial, Dean did not park near the house, knock on the door or announce the presence of police at any time, according to information cited by ABC Television.
The former police officer said at trial that he believed a robbery was taking place because he saw disorder inside the house when he peered through the open door to the backyard.
Jefferson and his nephew Zion, then 8, were playing video games when they heard noises in the yard. The woman took a gun out of her bag before going to the window to see what was happening.
In the body camera recording, Dean can be heard yelling at Jefferson “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” before firing a shot through the window. The bullet killed the woman.
Murder is a felony under the Texas Penal Code, and is punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
Zion said in his testimony that his aunt had left the door open because some burgers were burnt and they were venting the smoke that had built up in the house.