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Former Dallas officer Amber Guyer indicted for murder in deadly shooting case

03 December, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Officer Who Killed Botham Jean in His Apartment Indicted for Murder		30 Nov 2018

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was sacked earlier this year following the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his apartment, was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a murder charge, according to court records.

Guyger was initially arrested on manslaughter charges three days after shooting Jean. Guyger claimed she mistook Jean, an accountant, for an intruder in her apartment but realized she had opened fire inside his unit in the same building.

Inside, the lights were off and a figure in the darkness cast a large silhouette across the room, according to Guyger.

The former police officer also said that the person did not follow her commands. Jean lived directly above Guyger.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall says her department feels the "anguish about this hard and tragic event".

The circumstances of the shooting sparked outrage and led many to question Guyger's account.

Three days after the shooting, Guyger was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via Associated Press Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of her unarmed neighbor. She was released after posting bond of $300,000. The family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas.

Guyger's indictment comes roughly two months after Texas Rangers arrested her on a warrant to face manslaughter charges.

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When asked why the grand jury indicted Guyger on the more serious offense of murder, Johnson replied, "We presented the evidence and we explained the law". '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 shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, in his apartment on September 6.

Guyger's attorney, Robert Rogers, said the indictment was probably fueled by political pressure, and that his client's actions were justified, according to The Morning News. "But we take consolation, we take comfort at this time".

Shortly after Friday's indictment, Guyger turned herself into the Mesquite jail.

"There are witnesses who said that before the gunshots, they heard the officer knocking at the door and repeatedly saying, 'Let me in, '" Merritt told the Washington Post. She supports restructuring the citizen review board, expanding bias training for officers and taking input from employees and the community.

The shooting thrust Dallas into the national conversation on the intersection of race and law enforcement.

In October, white Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 on-duty shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald.

And in August, white former Dallas-area officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder for firing into a auto filled with black teenagers leaving a house party in 2017.



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