Former Dallas officer indicted for murder in killing of black neighbor

Former Dallas officer indicted for murder in killing of black neighbor

Former Dallas officer indicted for murder in killing of black neighbor

Former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, has been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury for the shooting death of Saint Lucian, Botham Jean, according to reports.

The day after Guyger was charged, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said her office would present all the evidence it could collect to the grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter. She said she couldn't discuss the evidence presented to the grand jury, but previously explained it was the Texas Rangers who pursued the manslaughter charge.

If convicted of murder, Guyger faces life in prison.

Amber Guyger, the police officer, said she entered Botham Jean's apartment thinking it was hers.

Guyger told police that she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the figure, which ignored them.

Guyger was arrested in September for shooting Jean and initially charged with manslaughter, a lesser offense for an unlawful killing that does not involve malice aforethought.

Her attorney, Robert Rogers, said he was not surprised by the indictment, citing the political pressure surrounding the case and a wave of "vindictive emotion" targeting his client.

Guyger turned herself in to authorities Friday afternoon. Guyger shot Jean in his apartment. She parked on the fourth floor, instead of the third, where she lived, according to the affidavit, possibly suggesting that she was confused or disoriented.

In the affidavit, Guyger said that the door was "slightly ajar" and that the interior was dark when she entered, so she was unable to see that it was the wrong apartment. Our family, as my wife said, we are hurting deeply but we take some comfort at this time with the decision that the grand jury reached.

"I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son", Jean's mother, Allison said after the announcement.

The federal suit argues Ms Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training. She said most officers are good, but in this case, "We're talking about bad cops that go out there and do things against the law".

The grand jury's new indictment comes after deliberations and days of testimony from witnesses and Jean's family.

Guyger, 30, killed Jean in his apartment after returning to her apartment complex from a late-evening shift. Jean died at Baylor University Medical Center after Guyger made a 911 phone call. Guyger was arrested September 9 on suspicion on manslaughter, and was released from the Kaufman County Jail after posting a $300,000 bond.

"By simply following proper police procedures and the best police practices and not the protocol of the DPD to 'shoot first and ask questions later, ' Defendant Guyger would have not shot Jean", the lawsuit states.

"This is groundbreaking, but it's also just a start", said Lee Merritt, Jean family attorney.

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