Neighbor of Atatiana Jefferson sworn in as witness for Aaron Dean’s murder trial
James Smith holds up a sign supporting justice for Atatiana Jefferson in a June 2022 file photo in Fort Worth, Texas. - Yffy Yossifor/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS

FORT WORTH, Texas — Atatiana Jefferson’s neighbor was sworn in Tuesday morning as a witness for former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean’s murder trial. During recent hearings about Jefferson’s killing, James Smith was frequently seen outside the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center holding a banner with a picture of Jefferson and the words “We want justice!” Jury selection for Dean’s trial began Monday, and Smith was once again standing outside the courthouse with his sign. Smith had called Fort Worth police on a non-emergency line the morning of Oct. 12, 2019, and asked them to check on his ...