Criminal Justice

Jury finds former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean guilty of manslaughter

Dean was indicted for murder after he shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her own home.

Aaron Dean takes the stand to testify on Monday, December 12, 2022, during his trial for the murder of Atatiana Jefferson in Fort Worth. Dean, a former Fort Worth police officer, is accused of fatally shooting Jefferson in 2019 during an open structure call.
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He was responding to a call from a neighbor, asking someone to check on Jefferson’s house because the doors were open into the early hours of the morning on Oct. 12, 2019.

Dean and his partner thought the house was being burglarized, they testified during the trial. They went into Jefferson’s backyard, where Dean shot Jefferson through her bedroom window.

Dean’s trial began on Dec. 5 after repeated delays.

Dean’s defense attorneys argued their client shot Jefferson in self-defense, because he could see her holding a gun through the window. The prosecution said there was no way Dean could have seen the gun, and he botched the call that night.

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