Judge issues gag order in Fort Worth officer’s murder trial

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge has issued a gag order in the murder trial of a white Fort Worth police officer who shot a black woman in her home.

The order prohibits lawyers and others involved in Aaron Dean’s trial from speaking publicly about specifics of the case.

Bodycam footage shows Dean shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through a back window of her home in the early morning. Dean cannot be heard identifying himself as police. He was responding to a call about an open front door.

Dean, now 35, resigned and was charged with murder soon after the Oct. 12 shooting.

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Jefferson’s death drew national attention. Judge David Hagerman wrote that the gag order is “necessary in order to prevent imminent and irreparable harm to the judicial process.”