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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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Dallas church hands out gift cards to church members now furloughed during shutdown

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DALLAS, Texas — The Concord Church in Dallas extended a helping hand to about 100 church members Sunday who are also federal employees and not working as the government remains shut down for the 23rd day. 

The government was officially shut down on December 22, 2018. 

The reason why is centered on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexico border. 

More: The 5 longest government shutdowns in US history, explained

Trump wanted more than $5 billion to start construction of the wall, but he, Republican leadership, and Democrats can’t come to an agreement about those funds. 

Tough decisions are now staring thousands of families living paycheck to paycheck in the face. 

Over 800,000 employees have either been furloughed or must continue working without pay. 

A majority of employees received a final paycheck last Friday, but for most, it was only half of what they normally get paid. 

Senior Pastor Bryan Carter knows that. During a service this morning, he asked anyone in the church who is a federal employee or a family member of a federal employee to stand up. 

After that, he invited all those standing to the altar to be prayed over. 

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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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