Dallas Police Officer Who Shot Man In His Own Apartment Indicted

Geraldine Edwards
December 3, 2018

A Dallas County grand jury delivered the indictment after considering the evidence against Amber Guyger on Monday and Wednesday.

Allison Jean on Friday said she's pleased with the outcome of the grand jury hearing.

The charges were handed down by a grand jury on Friday, almost three months after Amber Guyger was arrested on manslaughter charges for the shooting of Botham Jean, 26. "But we didn't file this case. but we did what we had to to get this case ready for the grand jury".

Family attorney S. Lee Merritt said the grand jury decision is "groundbreaking, but it is also just a start" according to CNN.

"This office has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours investigating this case". A charge of manslaughter would have carried a penalty of up to 20 years.

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She said her office had a "very spirited conversation" with the Texas Rangers, the lead investigators in the case, back in September. Let me in!" Then they heard gunshots, after which one witness said she heard a man's voice say, "Oh my God! If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Bertram Jean, Botham Jean's dad, said he and his family were praying for their son's killer.

"We thought it was murder all along", she said.

"We really are not happy", Botham's father, Bertrum Jean said, "but we take consolation, we take comfort at this time".

She also added that the department has "developed a framework for policy change" by restructuring the Citizen Review Board, revamping implicit bias training and seeking input from employee advisory and community advisory boards.

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She says the agency remains "committed to improving our relationships throughout the city". Guyger lived in unit 1378, while Jean lived directly one floor above, in unit 1478 at the South Side Flats in Dallas.

"Botham Jean was an incredible young man who was tragically taken from us too soon".

Johnson said that there's equal justice in Dallas County for everyone. We pray that we will continue to trust God to deliver us.

Guyger killed Jean, 26 on September 6.

"In fact, all of the evidence, I think, will show that Amber Guyger made a mistake and when she was in that position that she was justified in the action she took", Rogers said. Shortly afterward, she shot and killed Jean.

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Guyger had allegedly shot Jean, after she mistook him for an intruder upon entering his apartment after her shift was over. She put her key in the lock, and the door, which was slightly ajar, opened.

Jean was not the first person shot by the former officer. She has since been fired from the department and Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas. Guyger was eventually fired by Dallas police.

Merritt claimed that she did not realize she was at the wrong apartment until she called 911 and was asked for her location.

On Sept. 9, she was arrested on a manslaughter charge and immediately bailed out.

Chief Hall was previously criticized for waiting more than two weeks to fire Guyger.

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The officer told police that she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the figure, which ignored them.

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