Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Amber Guyger found guilty of murdering Botham Jean

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Travis Berry | 02 October, 2019, 00:26

When the prosecutors walked into the hall, they broke into cheers.

"Hey, hey, hey", she said the person shouted, and she fired.

Botham Shem Jean was from a prominent Saint Lucian family of parliamentarians and government ministers. What happened on September 6, 2018, is clear to everyone: "This officer saw a Black man and shot, without reason and without justification".

During deliberations, the jury asked for clarifications on the definition of manslaughter and the castle doctrine. She noticed the door was partially open, and pulled out her service weapon and shot a figure inside in the dark.

Dallas police fired Guyger after the shooting. Guyger is accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment.

Jean had been eating a bowl of ice cream when Guyger entered his home and shot him.

"She walks past 16 different apartments and fails to register the number four on any one of them", Hermus said during the testimony phase of the trial last week.

The shooting drew widespread attention because of the unusual circumstances and because it was one in a string of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Jean's death was widely covered in the media and prompted protests in Dallas against police brutality and racism. On its face, it seems absurd: Guyger was the trespasser and Jean was the person whose property was being trespassed upon.

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Texas Ranger David Armstrong, the lead investigator of the case, said in court, when the jury was not in the room, that he believed Guyger's actions were "reasonable" and that she did not commit murder, nor manslaughter or criminally negligent manslaughter. "The jury's thoughtful verdict sets a powerful precedent for future cases, telling law enforcement officers that they can not hide behind the badge but instead will face justice for their wrongful actions". Jurors deliberated for a couple of hours Monday afternoon and resumed deliberations Tuesday morning.

"Botham Jean was never a threat to Amber Guyger - never", Jason Hermus, a prosecutor for Dallas County, told jurors during closing arguments on Monday. Fine said. "This has to do with that defendant making unreasonable decisions that put her in that seat and Bo in the ground", Fine said as he pointed at the defendant. She admitted that she did not give him adequate CPR after the shooting because she was using one hand to hold her phone and call 911, and because she was shaken by the incident. Then, she sank into her chair.

On Friday, Guyger testified in her own defense.

By her own admission, she was shooting to kill.

"I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".

"I shot an innocent man", she said during her testimony, the first time the public had heard from her since the shooting. But she wasn't in her apartment. It can be used to justify killing a woman if you assumed you were buying sex from her, and you didn't receive it. "Let me see your hands!"

Neither prosecutors nor the defence focused on race during the trial.

The defense has argued that the layout of the Dallas complex was confusing and it wasn't unusual for residents to enter the wrong apartment, believing it was their own.

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