Former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean is Indicted for Murder of Atatiana Jefferson

Aaron Dean

A former Fort Worth police officer accused of fatally shooting a woman inside her home in October has been indicted for murder.

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Aaron Dean Friday morning. A trial date has not yet been announced.

At a press conference Friday, Jefferson’s family called news of the indictment a “relief.”

When I heard it, it was definitely surreal because it was kind of facing the fact that this is the reality we are having to face at this moment,” Ashley Carr, Jefferson’s sister said.

Atatiana Jefferson’s mother also spoke with reporters via Skype for the first time. Hospitalized with congestive heart failure, Yolanda Carr became emotional recalling the moment she heard Dean had been indicted.

“Even though I know we have a long way to go, at least we got the charge on him that he murdered my baby,” Carr said.

She became emotional while talking about missing her daughter during the holidays. ” She won’t be home for Christmas,” said Carr.

Dean was called to Atatiana Jefferson’s home at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 12 for a welfare check after a neighbor called a non-emergency number to report her front door had been open for some time and that he was concerned.

Dean and another officer answered the call, now classified as an open structure call, and began searching the outside of the house. An open structure call could bring a different level of response from police if they believe the structure is open as the result of criminal activity as opposed to responding to a welfare check where someone may be inside needing assistance.

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Source: NBC DFW