Former officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home indicted for murder

A former police officer who fatally shot a Fort Worth, Texas, woman in her home was indicted for murder on Friday, the district attorney’s office confirmed to ABC News.

Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean

Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean, who is white, was answering a call for a welfare check when he shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, who is black, in the middle of the night on Oct. 12

Dean, 35, was arrested on murder charges two days after the shooting. He had resigned from the police department hours before his arrest and just before he was about to be fired for allegedly violating multiple department policies, Fort Worth Chief of Police Ed Kraus said.

Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Jefferson’s family, called the indictment a “major step” and said it’s providing “a great deal of relief” for her family.

Merritt said he hopes the Tarrant County district attorney considers bringing in a special prosecutor for the case.

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