The sentencing phase for former police officer Aaron Dean began on Friday, just a day after he was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Atatiana Jefferson.
After 13 hours of deliberations, the jury convicted Dean of manslaughter.He faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
If Dean had been convicted of murder, he would have faced up to life in prison. The ex-cop, who had been free on bond, was booked into the Tarrant County jail following the verdict on Thursday.
Dean, a white police officer, fatally shot Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman at her home in Fort Worth, Texas in October 2019.
Aaron Dean, 38, was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a black woman through the rear window of her home when he was a cop responding to a call about an open front door
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was armed when she was shot after a neighbor called a nonemergency police line to report her front door was open
Following Thursday’s verdict, the sentencing phase got underway on Friday morning with several witnesses taking the stand for the prosecution.
Elizabeth Turner testified Friday that Dean groped her by touching her breast while whispering in her ear in the library while they were both homeschooled students UT-Arlington. She said reported the incident and he was cited for simple assault.
Turner said the incident happened at the library when she leaned over the table to look at the student newspaper.
‘I leaned over the table to look at the day’s headlines and as I did, he wrapped his arms around my torso and his hand grazed under my breasts,’ she said.’As he did so, he leaned into my ear and hargamobil whispered to the effect of “does anyone know how great you are.'”
Earlier on Friday, Dr. Kyle Clayton, psychologist who evaluated Dean before he was hired by Fort Worth police, testified that he exhibited grandiose, ‘domineering, over-controlling’ personality traits.
He also told the court that Dean was ‘not psychologically suitable to serve as a police officer’ because his ‘narcissistic personality style that would inhibit his judgement, decision-making, interpersonal abilities and would make him more likely engage in behaviors that would put himself and others at risk.’
The court also heard a victim impact statement from Jefferson’s brother Adarius Carr.
Jurors deliberated for more than 13 hours over two days before finding Dean guilty of manslaughter.The primary dispute duri