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Attorneys for Atatiana Jefferson’s family settle on funeral arrangements at hearing

Attorneys for the family of Atatiana Jefferson hammered out an arrangement on Monday for her funeral.

It took seven hours for the attorneys to reach the decision.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Concord Church in Dallas.

Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued a gag order during the Monday hearing in Dallas Probate Court No. 1 over Jefferson’s funeral.

Jefferson was shot and killed Oct. 12 in her home by a Fort Worth patrol officer.

A rift between Jefferson’s father and other family members had resulted in the cancellation of Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral on Saturday at The Potter’s House of Dallas.

A retraining order was granted Friday after Marquis Jefferson filed the motion, saying he had been excluded in his daughter’s burial and funeral.

The restraining order, signed by Judge Brenda Hull Thompson, prevented Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body, and Golden Gate Funeral Home “from exercising any activities related to the wake, funeral preparations and burial.”

The funeral home had denied Marquis Jefferson involvement in the planning and has been working with Body, according to his application for the order. The application argued that under the Texas Health and Safety Code, Marquis Jefferson has priority to control funeral and burial arrangements.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was with her 8-year-old nephew Oct. 12 at her mother’s house in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue in Fort Worth when she heard noises outside. A neighbor had called the police because he became worried after seeing the doors of the home open.

Thinking there was a prowler in the yard, Jefferson grabbed her gun, looked out of a bedroom window and was shot by a police officer seconds later, according to an arrest warrant. The officer, Aaron Dean, is charged with murder.

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