The cop is guilty of the murder of a Black woman
A cop was sentenced for the manslaughter conviction of Atatiana Jefferson, but some of her friends said he should have been tried for murder.
A jury found Aaron Dean, a former Ft. Worth police officer, guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday in the murder of Atatiana Jefferson which occurred around 2 a.m. on October 12, 2019.
A Judge sentenced Dean to 11 years and 10 months in prison on Tuesday.
Jefferson, 28, was spending a quiet evening, playing video games and eating hamburgers at home with her 8 -year-old nephew, Zion Carr.
She had grilled hamburgers for him and herself.
They opened the front door to clear out the cooking smells from the house.
A neighbor noticed that the door was open, thought it odd, and called the police to request a well-being check around 2 a.m. But instead, he would soon witness Jefferson’s murder.
Jefferson heard noises outside her home believing that it was a bulger or someone who wanted to commit a home invasion. She pulled a gun from her purse.
From just outside the house, Dean yelled “put your hands up,” and fired a bullet, killing Jefferson.
Young Zion said it was like a dream watching his aunt collapse on the floor before dying.
It took three years before the case was brought before a judge.
Several friends and relatives of Jefferson were angry because Dean was convicted of manslaughter, not murder.
Jefferson graduated from Xavier University in Louisiana with a degree in chemistry. She returned home after college to help her family with health issues and was planning to attend medical school.
Dean was escorted by sheriff deputies out of the courtroom, but he was not wearing handcuffs.