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Twins in Car With Jordan Edwards Describe Deadly Shooting

"As we were driving away, all I heard was a cop start shooting the car," Maxwell Everette recalls

It is the same image that keeps playing in Maximus and Maxwell Everette's mind:

Their friend, Jordan Edwards, slumped over in the front seat.

The 15-year-old twins were sitting in the backseat of the Chevy Impala in which Jordan was shot and killed by Balch Springs, Texas, police Officer Roy Oliver.

Oliver now faces a murder charge.

The Everette twins said they hope the charge turns into a conviction — and life in prison.

"Everything that's going on, we're making progress from getting cops doing bad things to people for no reason. We're going in the right direction to get justice for everything going on, especially for Jordan," Maximus said.

The twins' mother said she gave permission for them to go to the house party on Baron Dr. on Saturday, April 29. She didn't know then that it would change everyone's lives.

Police were called to the home for a noise complaint. When teens saw police officers arrive, they started to scatter.

"I got in the car. We were fixing to leave because we heard some loud noises outside, and as we were driving away, all I heard was a cop start shooting the car," Maxwell said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit for Oliver, the car was driving past the officers when Oliver fired his rifle, hitting Jordan Edwards in the head. Four shell casings were found.

There were five teens in the car: Edwards, his two brothers and the twins. After the shots were fired, they drove down the block and were stopped by other Balch Springs Police officers, according to the affidavit.

"The cops came to tell us to get out of the car, with their guns out and stuff," Maxwell said. "They had put us in handcuffs while Jordan was still in the car. And they weren't even helping him. They were more worried about the caution tape outside, more worried about that. I don't know how long he went without them talking to him."

Maximus said there was confusion about why Jordan was left bleeding in the front seat, and why the teens were promptly handcuffed.

"We were just kids leaving a party. We shouldn't have to fear the police when our parents teach us to respect them," Maximus said. "So I don't see why they would fear kids leaving a party."

A Balch Springs spokesman said the boys were detained for questioning. No citations were issued.

Edwards' family filed an excessive force suit against Balch Springs, the police department and Oliver. The teens account of being handcuffed was included in the lawsuit.

Oliver was released on bond Friday.

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