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Witnesses: No reason for Texas police to fire into car

DALLAS (AP) — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas say there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and other black teenagers.

The two teens testified Friday during the murder trial for fired Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver. Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after police broke up a house party last year.

Witnesses Eric Knight and Jeremy Seaton told jurors they saw the shooting from a parking lot of a nearby nursing home. Seaton says the car backed up slowly before it accelerated forward, going into the wrong lane of traffic to avoid police.

Oliver has said he feared for his and his partner’s safety when the car sped by.

Man charged with threatening to kill congressman’s kids

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Florida man on charges that he threatened to kill the children of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast because he was upset about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Laurence Key was indicted Thursday on charges of communication of a threat to kidnap or injure a person. The 68-year-old was arrested in June after an intern said he called the Florida congressman’s office in Washington and threatened to kidnap and kill Mast’s three young children because of policies about immigrant children being separated from their parents.

Authorities say Key had contacted Mast’s office 478 times before.

He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

TC Palm reports Key denied the charges and invoked his right to remain silent.

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