Merritt, in a statement on behalf of Edwards' family, said on Friday they were preparing for a private wake and funeral. Honor roll student. Athlete. As the family of a black teenager slain by a white police officer calls for an indictment and more investigation, the Dallas suburb where he die.
But that only resulted in a minor suspension which amounted to peanuts in comparison with the consequences of letting officer Oliver slip through the proverbial cracks of the justice system. He has been charged with murder.
Linda and Roy Durwood Oliver praised their son's good character to the media, providing him with stellar character references. So far this year, 339 people have been fatally shot by police.
However, PINAC's investigator Felipe Hemming discovered, Oliver's 70-year-old father, Roy Durwood Oliver, has been on the Texas sex offender registry since 2000, indicating he's likely not the best person to vouch for someone's character.
It took a few moments for his 16-year-old brother, who was driving, and other passengers to notice he was slumped over in his seat.
Oliver shot Edwards - a freshman at Mesquite High School, outside of Dallas - on April 29 as he was leaving a house party in Balch Springs.
But that was a lie.
Oliver was sacked by the force earlier this week for policy violations. Edwards' brother was also in the auto, sitting only feet from where he was shot.
Those reports were not true.
"Since the beginning of this tragic event, the Balch Springs Police Department has supported an independent criminal investigation so that complete transparency was provided to the public", the department said in the statement. As this story is developing, elements may change.
Police initially claimed that the vehicle had been backing up toward officers in "an aggressive manner", but later refuted that by saying officer's account was inaccurate.
Jordan was black and Oliver is white.
The warrant gives any peace officer the authority to arrest Roy Oliver for the crime of murder.
This came after the Dallas County District Attorney's Office filed a complaint regarding his conduct when he was a witness in a drunken-driving case.
Balch Springs police have said that officers were responding to a disturbance on Saturday night and heard multiple gunshots.
Oliver can turn himself into police if he chooses. Oliver will face a murder charge, The Dallas Morning News has reported. "The individual was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased", according to a news release by Balch Springs police.
Police ordered him to step out of the vehicle and back away.
Although they would have to convict him in front of a jury. Oliver was an Iraq War Army veteran who joined the department in 2011.