Fort Worth may reach a resolution in one of the two lawsuits initiated by members of Atatiana Jefferson’s family following her shooting death in October 2019 by former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean. Dean was convicted of manslaughter in December 2022, receiving an 11-year prison sentence.
The family filed two lawsuits against the city, one on behalf of Jefferson’s estate and the other representing her late sister Amber Carr’s estate. The potential settlement pertains to the claims made by Carr’s estate on behalf of Jefferson’s nephew, Zion Carr, who was present during the incident and testified at Dean’s trial.
As outlined in a city website post, the proposed settlement involves the city paying $3.5 million into a trust for Zion Carr, with the amount expected to grow through interest accrual. The funds are designated for Carr’s living expenses and will be managed by a trustee, ensuring responsible expenditure. Additionally, a college savings plan is proposed, providing financial support for up to eight years of post-high school education. If Carr opts not to pursue college, the allocated funds will be disbursed in a lump sum.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker expressed support for the settlement, emphasizing its appropriateness and potential to contribute to reconciliation and healing for Atatiana Jefferson’s family. The Fort Worth City Council must approve the settlement at a future meeting, with the earliest possible voting date being November 14, unless a special meeting is convened.