DA to seek murder indictment against ex-Fort Worth officer accused in woman’s killing

Prosecutors will ask a grand jury for a murder indictment against a former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot a woman this week.

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office said Friday that it had received the case against the former officer, Aaron Dean. He was charged with murder in connection with the killing of Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot Saturday in her mother’s home.

“We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the grand jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean,” Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson wrote in a statement.

State law requires that the district attorney’s office present the case to a grand jury within 180 days of the day it is filed in cases such as Dean’s where the defendant is not in custody.

Dean, 34, resigned Monday. Interim Fort Worth police Chief Ed Kraus said had Dean not resigned, he would have fired him.

Jefferson, 28, was shot at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after her neighbor called police to report open doors at the home in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue.

Police have said Dean and a second officer did not announce they were police officers. Jefferson’s 8-year-old nephew was inside a bedroom when she was shot.

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.