Amber Guyger Found Guilty In Botham Jean Murder At Trial – Former white Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder on Tuesday for fatally shooting her black neighbor, Botham Jean, after thinking he was an intruder when she mistook his apartment for hers.
How Did Amber Guyger Shoot Botham Jean:
Amber Guyger, 31, was ex-police officer but in uniform when she fatally shot 26-year-old Jean twice in his apartment, one bullet hitting the wall behind Jean and another fatally striking his chest on Sept. 6, 2018.
Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, had worked a 13.5-hour shift on the Dallas Police Department’s crime response team that day, and mistakenly parked on the fourth floor of the complex’s garage.
Amber Guyger, 31, lived on the third floor, whereas Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and native of the island nation of St. Lucia, lived directly above her.
Prosecutors said Botham Jean, 26, was sitting on his couch eating vanilla ice cream around 10 p.m in his living room when Guyger burst inside and shot at him twice.
“I thought it was my apartment,” while Guyger was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, told 19 times on the frantic call played in court. “I thought it was my apartment. I’m fucked. Oh my God. I’m sorry.”
Amber Guyger, who testified in her own defense, said, “I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life.” She said, “I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life. I’m so sorry,” Guyger said on the stand. “This is not about hate — it’s about being scared,” adding that her “heart rate just skyrocketed.”
The prosecution argued that Guyger that the trajectory of the bullets showed that Jean was either getting up from his couch or cowering when Guyger shot her service weapon.
BREAKING: AMBER GUYGER FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER
— Court TV (@CourtTV) October 1, 2019
Amber Guyger Faces Up To Life In Prison:
Amber Guyger, who has been out on a $300,000 bond, faces 5 to 99 years in prison. Amber Guyger was not immediately taken into custody and The court will likely hear from witnesses and sentencing scheduled for later Tuesday afternoon.
On behalf of the family of Botham Shem Jean, thank you Dallas County for delivering the proper murder conviction of Amber Guyger. Botham did not deserve to die. His family deserved justice. pic.twitter.com/zHdYRINKhN
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 1, 2019
The jury instructions invite jurors to acquit AmberGuyger if they believe she accidentally ended up at Botham’s apartment & believed he was an intruder. We’ve conceded she believed she was at her apt BUT she committed murder by killing Bo w/o experiencing an articulable threat. pic.twitter.com/S8r0cijlVT
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) September 30, 2019
— Chanley Shá Painter (@ChanleyCourtTV) October 1, 2019
“What they take back into that jury room is the value of a black life” Words from civil attorneys for family of Botham Jean speaking after closing arguments of Amber Guyger murder trial. Jury is deliberating whether she is guilty or murder, manslaughter or not guilty. pic.twitter.com/YowT6vsPrW
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) September 30, 2019