Ser­vice can­celed for Texas woman shot at home

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

DAL­LAS (AP) — A ser­vice for a woman shot in her home by a Fort Worth po­lice of­fi­cer that had been sched­uled for Satur­day was can­celed amid a fam­ily dis­pute over fu­neral ar­range­ments.

Ata­tiana Jef­fer­son’s fu­neral had been set to be held at Pot­ter’s House Church in Dal­las. Church rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mara Sil­ve­rio said the ser­vice hasn’t been resched­uled, but that no events would be held for her Satur­day.

The news fol­lows a judge’s de­ci­sion Fri­day to is­sue a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der sought by Mar­quis Jef­fer­son, the fa­ther of Ata­tiana Jef­fer­son. The fa­ther sought the or­der to gain con­trol over the fu­neral ar­range­ments of his daugh­ter from his daugh­ter’s aunt, Bonita Body.

Lee Mer­ritt, Body’s at­tor­ney, had said on Face­book that a “cel­e­bra­tion of life” would pro­ceed Satur­day, but he later tweeted that the fu­neral had been “post­poned” and that “up­dated in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing the resched­ule will be pro­vided as soon as it be­comes avail­able.”

Mer­ritt didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a mes­sage seek­ing ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

The Rev. Al Sharp­ton had been set to de­liver re­marks at Satur­day’s ser­vice.

Mar­quis Jef­fer­son ar­gued that he had been de­nied any in­volve­ment in the fu­neral plan­ning by the mor­tu­ary Body had en­gaged.

He said that as his daugh­ter’s sole le­gal heir, the duty of ar­rang­ing the fu­neral is his.

Dal­las County Pro­bate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thomp­son sched­uled a hear­ing for Mon­day morn­ing to de­ter­mine whether the re­strain­ing or­der should con­tinue.

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