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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Who Shot Botham Jean to Death in an Apartment She Thought Was Hers Found Guilty

Manuela Cardiga
Oct 02, 2019
10:20 A.M.
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Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean.

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Amber Guyer, the former police officer who shot her neighbor inside his own apartment on 6 September 2018, has been found guilty of murder.

At the end of the 7-day trial, in which Guyer gave emotionally charged testimony, the jury delivered the verdict: Guilty as charged.

There had been fears that once again a white police officer would not be held accountable for the death of a Black person.

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AMBER GUYER CLAIMS MURDER WAS A MISTAKE

According to Guyer, she had come home on the night in question and seen her apartment door ajar. Thinking she might have an intruder in her home, the police officer drew her weapon. She said:

"I was scared whoever was in my apartment was going to kill me."

She burst into the apartment and found Botham Jean, 26, sitting on the couch eating ice cream. She opened fire, only to later discover she had entered the wrong apartment and killed an innocent man in his own home.

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AMBER GUYER SHED TEARS

Guyer testified at the trial tearfully, and her attorneys claim that her judgment was impaired at the end of a 14-hour-shift and that she was distracted by sexually suggestive texts she was receiving from a fellow officer.

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JURY WAS NOT CONVINCED BY AMBER GUYER'S REMORSE

Even though Guyer sobbed and claimed she was shattered by having killed an innocent man, the jury was clearly unconvinced by her remorse or her lawyers' arguments.

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COURT ERUPTS INTO CHEERS AS VERDICT WAS DELIVERED

As the jury foreman delivered the verdict, the audience erupted into cheers, while Guyer slumped onto the table in tears.

There had been fears that once again a white police officer would not be held accountable for the death of a Black person.

Civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt expressed the opinion that Guyer's guilty verdict was a victory for Balck people living in America.

Merritt hopes that Guyer's trial will turn the tide, and guarantee that other police officers will be accountable for their actions.

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