Female Cop Indicted For Murder Of Botham Jean, DA Cites "Intentional Event"

03 December, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Ex-Dallas Cop Who Killed Man in ‘Mistaken Apartment’ Case Indicted for Murder

ORIGINAL STORY: A Dallas County grand jury indicted former Dallas Police Department Officer Amber Guyger on murder charges Friday for shooting and killing her neighbor Botham Jean in early September.

Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the September 6 shooting that claimed the life of 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, who was from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

Newly elected Dallas District Attorney John Cruezot says he wants to change Amber Guyger's charge of manslaughter to murder. The grand jury had the option to indict Guyger for murder or manslaughter or not indict her at all.

"At the moment of the shooting it was a knowing ... offense", Johnson said, according to CNN. "He felt safe in that apartment and he was violated by her coming in, and murdering him", she added. She had already been arrested again and released on bond, Johnson said at the news conference.

"We recognize and understand the national discord regarding the relationship between law enforcement and the communities we serve", Hall said.

Johnson said murder constitutes someone "intentionally and knowingly" committing a crime, whereas manslaughter involves "recklessly doing something".

According to an affidavit filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third officer.

"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.

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The district attorney's office made sure its investigative efforts were thorough "so we would know all the pieces of evidence we need to take before the grand jury", Johnson said.

A former Dallas police officer, who said she mistakenly shot and killed an unarmed neighbor, has been charged with murder on November 30, reported the Dallas Observer.

After her shift ended, Guyger told police, she drove home and parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex's garage.

Dallas' police chief says all personnel in her department continue to feel "anguish" over the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old black man inside his own apartment by a white off-duty officer.

An affidavit for a search warrant states that Guyger and Jean encountered each other at the door to his apartment, instead of having an exchange across the room. He was seated in his own apartment. Jean was later transported to the hospital where he died. Amber Guyger, the officer who killed Jean, was sacked by Hall following the shooting.

Guyger was firstly placed on administrative leave after shooting Jean but was dropped days later, with the Dallas police chief citing her actions the night of the shooting and afterward.

Johnson will not prosecute the case.

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

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