Jim Lane the lead defense attorney for former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean in Atatiana Jefferson’s murder trial, has died. For decades, Kennedy covered Lane. In 1975, Lane, a Vietnam War veteran, established a legal business in Fort Worth. From 1993 until 2005, he served on the city council, holding the position of mayor pro tem. He worked to promote Fort Worth, particularly the Stockyards where he created the Longhorn Cattle Drive while serving on several boards and committees.
At the Stockyards and Longhorn Cattle Drive, Lane made sure that women and underrepresented groups were represented. With Lane serving as Dean’s main counsel, the jury selection phase of Dean’s trial in the shooting death of Jefferson was scheduled to begin on Monday.
Toby Shook, an attorney with no connection to the case, talked with FOX 4 about what may occur on Monday morning. Jefferson was allegedly murdered by Dean at her mother’s house in October 2019.
Dean didn’t identify himself as a police officer before shooting through a rear window as he was checking on the residence after a neighbor contacted the police non-emergency number because of an open door. Jefferson may have believed there was a prowler outside the house since he had a pistol in his hand. Jim Lane received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and his law degree from Baylor University.
Attorney Jim Lane was born in Uvalde. He was 78 years old at the time of his passing. He holds an American Citizen and he belongs to the white ethnicity. Jim Lane was survived by his wife, son, and brother.