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Late Wednesday night, a Dallas County jury sentenced former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver to 15 years in prison and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.

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Many residents in Balch Springs, Texas, haven't been following the trial of Roy Oliver, the white former police officer who was found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black 15-year-old.

But those who have been following the trial have strong opinions about the murder conviction.

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Updated, 8:22 p.m. CT

Roy Oliver, a former police officer in Balch Springs, Texas, was found guilty of murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after police broke up a house party last year.

Sentencing is underway; the hearing will continue Wednesday.

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Former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver took the stand Thursday, testifying he shot into a car full of teenagers last year because he thought his police partner’s life was in danger.

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The trial of former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver continues this week in Dallas.

He’s facing murder charges for shooting into a car full of teenagers leaving a party in April 2017 and killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. It’s one of several controversial police shootings of black men, teenagers and boys that have grabbed national headlines.

But it’s rare that a case like this makes it to court.

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DALLAS — The body camera footage started with former police officer Roy Oliver jovially teasing teenagers fleeing from a party busted by the cops, laughing as they complained about walking through the mud.

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A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder trial.

Murder Trial To Begin For Former Balch Springs Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards

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A murder trial for a former Texas police officer who killed a black teenager highlights the heightened role video evidence plays in high-profile police shootings that have stirred discourse and triggered protests nationwide over issues of race and law enforcement.

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The jury selection process began Friday in the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer charged murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, the Associated Press reported.

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A fired Balch Springs police officer says in a court filing that his actions were justifiable when he fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers, killing a 15-year-old boy.

MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK/FACEBOOK / The Texas Tribune

Roy Oliver, a former Balch Springs police officer, has been indicted on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, prosecutors said Monday.

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A Balch Springs police officer, who was fired and charged with murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, has been indicted on two unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

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The family of Jordan Edwards, who was shot and killed by Roy Oliver, has sued the former Balch Springs officer and his department, accusing the department of inadequately training the officer and ignoring warning signs that he was prone to erratic behavior.

MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK/FACEBOOK / The Texas Tribune

The fired Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been charged with murder. A judge signed a warrant Friday afternoon for officer Roy Oliver's arrest.

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The family of Jordan Edwards is preparing for his funeral Saturday morning. The 15-year-old black teenager was killed last weekend by a white Balch Springs policeman.

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After a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 15-year-old in the Dallas area Saturday night, Texas lawmakers are considering whether pending bills could prevent similar deaths — or if any legislative solution is even needed.