New Judge Considered for Trial of Former Fort Worth Police Officer Charged with Killing Atatiana Jefferson in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson and Aaron Dean

Eleven witnesses testified Thursday in a hearing to determine if a new judge would be assigned to the Aaron Dean trial.

Dean is a former Fort Worth police officer being charged with murder in the 2019 shooting of Atatiana Jefferson.

The hearing came on the day jury selection was to begin for Dean’s murder trial, but delays have pushed that to an unknown future date.

On Thursday, defense attorneys for Dean presented 11 witnesses who were present for a June 3 hearing on scheduling conflicts related to the case.

Most of the witnesses included defense attorneys who described Judge David Hagerman’s demeanor as “hostile” and “irritable.” Hagerman has been the only judge assigned to Dean’s case since the 2019 shooting and defense attorneys are seeking his recusal, arguing Dean cannot receive a fair trial.

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