Amber Guyger Indicted on Murder Charge in Botham Jean Killing

Hugh Fox
December 3, 2018

In response to criticism that the original manslaughter charge was too lenient, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said the grand jury could decide on the more serious charge of murder, which it did.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Jean's mother and sister took the stand before the grand jury this week, but little else is known about what evidence was presented.

How disgusting for the attorney to say a charge of murder for a woman who gunned down a man in his own home is "vindictive emotion".

"At the moment of the shooting it was a knowing ... offense", Johnson said, according to CNN. The manslaughter charge she was initially facing carried a maximum penalty of 20 years.

Guyger's attorney, Robert Rogers, believes she should not be charged. "We were determined to present to the grand jury all of the facts and explain to them the law", Johnson said. She was released after posting bond of $300,000.

"Amber Guyger is completely devastated by what happened", the statement said. We have more work to do and we remain committed to improving our relationships throughout the city.

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"I am indeed satisfied with the indictment for murder of Amber Guyger because I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son", Jean said.

"He didn't deserve it, he was seated in his own apartment". "He felt safe in that apartment and he was violated". "I look forward to the next test, which is a conviction. a proper penalty so she can reflect on what she has done".

Her office, Johnson said, took its time before seeking an indictment in the case to ensure that it could paint the best possible picture of the shooting to the grand jury.

Amber Guyger, who is white, told investigators that she mistook Jean's apartment for her own on September 6 and thought she'd encountered an intruder. 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.

"An affidavit for an arrest warrant says the officer found the door ajar at what she thought was her own apartment".

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Upon arriving at the building, Guyger said she went to the wrong floor and walked to the apartment she thought was hers.

The Dallas police fired Guyger on September 24. The federal suit argues that Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.

Jean, a recent grad who worked at accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, died at the hospital.

Guyger was sacked on September 24. It took 16 months, Johnson said, for the case against Roy Oliver to go to trial.

Guyger was sacked from the police department after the shooting. Protesters angry with the lack of public information in the case interrupted a City Council meeting to demand accountability and more police oversight in general. The lawsuit said Guyger did not give emergency aid to Jean following the gunfire.

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