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Roy Oliver’s guilty verdict marked the first conviction of a Dallas cop for murder since 1973.

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Gasps filled a Dallas courtroom on Tuesday as a judge delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of Roy Oliver, the former officer who gunned down 15-year-old Jordan Edwards 16 months ago.

It was a historic murder conviction against an area cop not seen in decades.

The last time a Dallas County police officer was found guilty of murder was in the 1970s, in a shocking crime that shook the Hispanic community, triggering marches and protests.

On July 24, 1973, Officer Darrell Cain handcuffed 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez, accusing him of stealing $8 from a vending machine. While in the patrol car — in an apparent effort to get Santos and his brother to confess to a crime — officer Cain put what he thought was an unloaded gun to the boy’s head and pulled the trigger.

It was loaded, and Santos was killed.

Officer Cain was later convicted of murder, but served only two-and-a-half years of a five-year jail sentence.

It was later determined Santos had no connection to the petty theft.

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BEER BARON: Man steals five cases of beer from Arlington store

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 – Police are looking for a beer baron who stole several cases of beer from a convenience store.

Arlington PD tweeted pictures Wednesday of the man who stole five cases of Bud Light from a store in the 5000 block of Little School Road.

Police say the suspect got away in a gray Dodge truck.

Anyone who recognizes him is urged to call Det. Thompson at 817-459-6054 or email leonor.thompson@arlingtontx.gov.

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Botham Jean’s Parents Meet With Dallas County District Attorney

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The parents of the man killed in his own apartment by a now-former Dallas police officer met for around three hours with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Tuesday for an update on the case.

Botham Jean was shot by off-duty officer Amber Guyger, who said she thought she was in her own apartment at the time and that Jean was a burglar.

Guyger shot Jean on Sept. 6, was charged with manslaughter Sept. 9 and fired Sept. 24.

District Attorney Faith Johnson has promised to conduct her own investigation and present the findings to a grand jury, which will decide what charges should go to trial.

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Two Lamar High School Juniors Killed in a Car Crash

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Two Arlington Lamar High School students and one of their mothers were killed in a crash in East Texas early Tuesday morning, authorities say.

Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown, both 16, were riding in a Jeep Renegade driven by 36-year-old Chelsey Brewer when the car drifted off the roadway and crashed into a parked tractor-trailer in Lindale about 4:20 a.m. Monday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, which was legally parked, was sleeping in the cab at the time and was not injured, DPS said.

Brewer was Whittaker’s mother and the two girls were cousins. The three were returning from a weekend trip to visit other family members in Mississippi, friends said.

In a tweet, Lamar High School said students Faith Whittaker and Jessica Brown “will be missed tremendously.”

 

Whittaker was involved in sports medicine and Brown, culinary arts.

Both girls were trainers for the school’s basketball team.

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