Atatiana Jefferson was killed in her Fort Worth, Texas, home.

ByKiara Alfonseca
December 16, 2022, 3:48 AM

A jury has found former police officer Aaron Dean guilty of manslaughter in the death of Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old Black woman who was fatally shot in her Fort Worth, Texas, home in 2019.

The jury considered both a murder charge and a lesser charge of manslaughter during its deliberations, according to Judge George Gallagher. Manslaughter is a second-degree felony according to Texas penal code. It’s punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Dean’s sentence will be decided by the jury. The sentencing phase will begin Friday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern time.

Throughout the five days of testimony, the jury heard from Jefferson’s now-11-year-old nephew Zion Carr, who was in the room when she was shot.

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Jurors also heard from Dean’s partner that night, Officer Carol Darch, the call center operator who gave Dean and Darch the information about Jefferson’s home that they received that night, and Dean himself. Additionally, Jurors heard from Richard Fries, the deputy medical examiner in Tarrant County, several other Fort Worth officers and detectives, a forensics video expert and law enforcement experts.