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Leading Off (5/3/17)

John Wiley Price heads back to work, the Balch Springs officer who killed an unarmed teen is fired, and more.

Balch Springs Cop Who Killed Unarmed Teen Has Been Fired. As a group of teenagers were leaving a party Saturday night, Officer Roy Oliver fired his rifle into the vehicle, hitting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in the head. Edwards’ brothers watched him die. Initially, police said the car was moving “aggressively” toward officers, but that turned out not to be true. Now, sheriff’s detectives and investigators with the district attorney’s office are looking into a body camera worn by Oliver, a six-year veteran of the department, at the time of the shooting.

John Wiley Price Heads Back to Work … With Jokes. Price returned Tuesday to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, a seat he’s held since 1985. He found a welcoming audience and stopped to pose for selfies and sign autographs. Price avoided conviction last week after a nearly two-month corruption trial, where he faced federal fraud and bribery charges. As a new hire was introduced, Price quipped, “If the court would indulge me, I’ve been on vacation for a couple of months.”

Two Former UNT Men’s Basketball Players Included in Prostitution, Drug Investigation. Police started looking into this case in late March, triggered by a report of sexual assault involving prostitution. So far, four people—three of whom were affiliated with the university—face charges. Arrest warrants were issued for one of the former basketball players and a former student manager for the team on charges of organized criminal activity—promotion of prostitution and drug possession. The second player, Rickey Lynn Brice Jr., was charged with one count of marijuana possession, and charges for the person unaffiliated with UNT were unclear.

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