Ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger guilty in neighbor's death

Ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger guilty in neighbor's death

Ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger guilty in neighbor's death

CNN reports that after the verdict, multiple members of Jean's family wept and hugged prosecutors, and that Guyger's mom wept as well. Guyger said Jean approached her when she entered the unit with her gun out.

The 31-year-old former Dallas officer faces a maximum of life in prison.

Prosecutors have said they don't believe the Castle Doctrine should apply in this case because the law is created to allow people to protect themselves in their own homes, and Guyger shot Jean in his apartment.

Guyger had just gotten off work from her job as a Dallas police officer after a night of overtime when she barged into the apartment of Botham Shem Jean, a stranger to her, and shot and killed the promising man, who sang in church and was the son of prominent parents from Saint Lucia. "...she should've known she was in the wrong apartment", he told the jury.

"Nothing will bring Botham back, but today his family has found some measure of justice", Crump said. In the hallway outside the courtroom, a crowd celebrated and chanted "black lives matter".

But the charge was later changed to murder.

Hermus, the lead prosecutor, pointed out that Guyger never used her first aid when she shot Jean.

Someone yelled, "Thank you, Jesus" following the verdict.

Guyger left the courtroom 15 minutes after the verdict was read.

The jury retired Monday, deliberating for five hours. On its face, it seems absurd: Guyger was the trespasser and Jean was the person whose property was being trespassed upon. His shooting drew widespread attention because of the odd circumstances and because it was one in a string of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers.

"I was scared to death", Guyger said, adding that her "heart rate just skyrocketed".

A former Texas policewoman has been convicted of murder for shooting a neighbour in his own home previous year in what her lawyer claimed was a "tragic mistake".

Prosecutors said Jean, an accountant, was sitting on his couch watching television and eating ice cream when Guyger busted into his apartment scaring him.

The Castle Doctrine allows a person to use deadly force to protect their own home; but Guyger wasn't in her own home. The castle doctrine in Texas law gives people the right to use lethal force to defend themselves or others inside their own home if they feel threatened.

Guyger testified she entered Jean's apartment thinking it was hers, and believed she encountered a burglar who might kill her. Jean's apartment was one floor above Guyger's.

The jurors also had questions about the definition of manslaughter.

The family didn't know the judge was going to ask to see the footage, S. Lee Merritt, a Jean family attorney, said.

Allison Jean raises her hands in the air as she leans on her son, Grant, 15, during a prayer service for her son and Grant's brother Botham Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on September 9, 2018. I was anxious that charging her with murder (which is what she did), as opposed to manslaughter (which is what white people would think she did) would doom the trial. The jury is expected to return Tuesday afternoon to hear additional testimony before setting Guyger's punishment within that range. They said that she acted unreasonably by failing to notice she wasn't in her own apartment.

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