'A Danger To The Community': Fired Balch Springs Cop Indicted On New Assault Charges
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.
Roy Oliver, 37, on Friday turned himself into the Parker County Jail, the same place where he was booked on a murder charge last month. He posted the original $300,000 bail for that charge, but it was increased to $500,000, per the request of the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Mike Snipes, first assistant district attorney, said Oliver's bail was raised because the additional assault cases revealed a "pattern" of behavior.
"We think he's very, very likely a danger to the community," Snipes said.
Combined with the bail amount ($100,000 each) for the two charges of aggravated assault by a public servant, his bail stands at $700,000. Oliver posted bond on Friday, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said.
A Dallas County grand jury recommended Thursday that Oliver be charged with two counts of aggravated assault related to an April traffic accident that happened while he was off-duty.
"Monique Arredondo filed a complaint alleging Oliver pointed a gun at her after she rear-ended his truck along South Cockrell Hill Road in Dallas," according to the Morning News.
Dallas officers at the time of the accident in April determined no offense had occurred. The case was sent to the grand jury, which voted to indict Wednesday. Those votes were finalized Friday.
The accident happened two weeks before Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on April 29 as the unarmed, black teenager was leaving a party with his brothers.
A Dallas County grand jury has not yet heard the murder case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.