Officer Who Killed Botham Jean in His Apartment Indicted for Murder

Officer Who Killed Botham Jean in His Apartment Indicted for Murder

A police officer who claimed she killed a Dallas man in his own apartment in the mistaken belief that he was in her home was indicted Friday on a murder charge, authorities said.

Guyger was charged with manslaughter three days after 26-year-old Jean's death.

Upon arriving at the building, Guyger said she went to the wrong floor and walked to the apartment she thought was hers. Guyger said she drew her gun when she saw a "silhouette" in the unit, gave verbal commands that were ignored, and that she fired two shots, with one hitting Jean in the torso.

"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. 'I look forward to the next test, which is a conviction of murder of Amber Guyger, and more so of a penalty, a proper penalty so she can reflect on what she has done'.

Guyger was at first placed on administrative leave after shooting Jean, but fired days later, with the Dallas police chief citing in a tweet that Guyger was "terminated for her actions".

Jean grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia before attending college in Arkansas.

We hope Botham Jean gets justice.

Guyger told investigators she mistook Jean's apartment for her own and thought she'd encountered an intruder.

The family's federal suit argues Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of her black unarmed neighbor in his own apartment.

Lee Merritt, the Jean family attorney, said at a news conference Friday that the murder charge was a rare example of a USA police officer being charged with murder for violence against a black man.

I want to thank the DA's office, particularly DA Faith Johnson, for the work that her staff have put into gathering evidence and presenting to the grand jury in order to return such an indictment.

With the murder charge, she faces up to life in prison if convicted. She had already been arrested again and released on bond, Johnson said at the news conference.

Guyger had been out on bond after being arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the September 6 shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.

Robert Rogers, an attorney for Guyger, said in a statement in September, "What happened on Sept. 6 was a tragic mistake and words can never express our sorrow for the pain being suffered by those who knew and loved Botham Jean".

"We did a full, complete presentation to the grand jury", she said.

Guyger turned herself in and has since posted bond, Johnson said.

Jean's killing thrust Dallas into the national conversation about the intersection of race and law enforcement, a dialogue revived by the high-profile trials of officers charged with murder in police shootings. Oliver shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards while on duty as a Balch Springs police officer.

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