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White officer indicted for murder in killing of black man

02 December 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 charged with manslaughter in the days after the September 6 shooting.

When asked by reporters why the jury chose to indict Guyger for murder instead of manslaughter, Johnson said that her prosecutors had presented all the evidence based on more than 300 interviews with witnesses and fully explained the law to the jurors.

Ms Guyger told investigators that after finishing her shift, she returned home in uniform and parked on the fourth floor of her apartment complex's garage, rather than the third floor where her unit was located, according to an affidavit prepared by the Texas Rangers.

"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.

Allison Jean said Friday that she had not been satisfied with the earlier charge of manslaughter against Amber Guyger, who said she mistook Botham Jean's apartment for her own. Guyger claims she entered the wrong apartment and shot the man she saw in there. She said she thought he was an intruder.

Guyger was sacked on September 24. "I look forward to the next step, which is a conviction of murder for Amber Guyger and more so to the penalty, which will cause her to reflect on the pain she has caused".

"We also pray for Amber that she will recognize what she has put us through", Jean said. Johnson told Dallas News, "We're trying to make sure justice is done".

"Once the grand jury heard this case, they did return an indictment for murder", Johnson said.

Kaufman County Jail Amber Renee Guyger appears in this mugshot provided by the Kaufman County Jail
Kaufman County Jail Amber Renee Guyger appears in this mugshot provided by the Kaufman County Jail

The incident happened September 6 when Guyger finished her shift and went to her apartment in The Cedars.

Jean worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and hailed from Saint Lucia.

After the shooting, Guyger's blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall.

The grand jury had the option of indicting Guyger on the original manslaughter count carrying up to 20 years in prison, or not indicting her at all, but in the end, they chose to indict her on the upgraded murder charge.

The door was slightly ajar as she tried to use her key, which has an electronic chip. Johnson said at the time that the grand jury could upgrade the charges, which it did Friday. "Please continue to pray for the Botham Jean family, the Dallas Police Department, and the city of Dallas as a whole".

Botham's mother Allison said, "They have been quite thorough in their investigation".

The killing set off days of protests by those who questioned why Guyger was not taken into immediate custody and why it took three days before she was charged with manslaughter. He attended college in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas for accounting and consulting firm PwC.

She added that she believed Jean's family were "very happy" with the indictment.

Guyger, a four-year veteran, then entered the apartment, called 911 and started administering first aid to Jean.

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White officer indicted for murder in killing of black man