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Attorneys for former Fort Worth officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson argue judge is biased

Kaley Johnson and Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Hagerman is known for being strict and “he can be rude to everyone” at times, another witness, Harmony Schuerman, said. She noted she personally likes and respects Hagerman, but she was concerned about the aggression he showed against defense attorneys on June 3.

“He’s what we would generally consider to be an equal opportunity kind of guy. He’s just kind of irritable at times,” Schuerman said. “This was not that. There was just a lot of animosity. There just is no comparison.”

The hearing is expected to continue at least into Thursday afternoon.

A grand jury indicted Dean on a murder charge after he fatally shot Jefferson, a 28-year-old Black woman, through a window at her home in October 2019.

Jefferson’s neighbor James Smith had called the police and asked for a welfare check on her house because the front door was open. Dean and another officer parked around the corner from the home and went into the back yard.

 

Inside, Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she thought she heard a prowler in the yard. She grabbed a handgun from her purse and pointed it toward the window, according to an arrest warrant affidavit supporting Dean’s arrest.

Dean, who is 37 and white, did not identify himself as a police officer and shot Jefferson within seconds of seeing her through the window, according to body-worn camera video. He resigned from the police department the same day he was arrested, two days after the shooting.

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