BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) — Prosecutors have rested in the trial of a Baytown police officer accused of shooting and killing Pamela Turner, an unarmed black woman, in 2019.
Juan Delacruz has been charged with aggravated assault by an officer in the case, which has drawn national attention.
The shooting took place at around 10:40pm at Block 1600 of Garth Road in The Brixton apartment complex
According to police, the veteran officer was on patrol at the apartment where he lived and worked when he encountered Turner, with whom he was familiar. Delacruz called Turner and attempted to arrest her. A fight ensued, forcing the officer to use his taser on her.
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When Delacruz tried to handcuff her, she allegedly grabbed the taser and used it on him. Police said Delacruz was forced to grab his gun and fire multiple times, hitting Turner once.
The officer attempted to render assistance but was unsuccessful as Turner died at the scene.
“This is a tough time for us right now, but we remain hopeful,” Pamela’s sister Antoinette Dorsey James said during a break in rehearsals. “We will pray about this and hopefully justice will be done.”
On Friday, witness testimony focused on the Taser prosecutors used on Turner during their scuffle by Delacruz.
After two days of testimony, the state rested by playing the now-viral video of the fight, filmed by a bystander.
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“It doesn’t feel good to be sitting across from the man who murdered my sister. It doesn’t,” said Dorsey James.
“It’s worse than seeing the video, seeing his face.”
Turner’s family has also filed a civil suit.
The Baytown Police Department confirmed that Delacruz is still employed by the department but is currently on paid administrative leave.
The trial is expected to resume on Monday October 10th.
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