DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF News) – Funeral Services for Atatiana Jefferson scheduled for Saturday have been canceled after her father, Marquis Jefferson, was granted a temporary restraining order. Atatiana was killed in her own home a week ago by former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean. Mr. Jefferson alleges that he wanted the courts to be involved because some relatives were deliberately leaving him out of the funeral planning and attacking him publicly.
According to WFAA-TV, Bruce Carter who is a spokesman for Mr. Jefferson, went to the courts on Friday asking for a temporary restraining order giving him control of his daughter’s remains, her funeral, and burial. The order was signed by a Dallas County Judge late Friday afternoon. Mr. Jefferson said he did not authorize the funeral that was scheduled for 2 p.m., today at the Potter’s House in Dallas.
Even after the injunction was granted, Saturday services were scheduled to continue at the Potter’s House Church, but without Atatiana’s remains. A Press Release was later issued by the Potter’s House indicating that the services for today had been canceled.
Funeral services for Atatiana have now been re-scheduled for noon Thursday at Friendship West Baptist Church.
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