Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Amber Guyger: Ex-cop Indicted for Murder of Botham Jean in Dallas

Amber Guyger: Ex-cop Indicted for Murder of Botham Jean in Dallas

A former US police officer in Dallas, Texas, the United States was indicted on a murder charge on Friday for killing an unarmed man in his apartment, according to court records.

Guyger was arrested in September for shooting Jean and initially charged with manslaughter, a lesser offense for an unlawful killing that does not involve malice aforethought. When she opened the door, she saw the interior was nearly completely dark, according to the affidavit. She said she thought her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them. A manslaughter charge would have brought a sentence of up to 20 years. She was sacked from the Dallas Police Department on September 24. Jean was buried the same day in his native country of St. Lucia.

After a brief internship and graduation from college, he accepted a permanent job in the Dallas office of auditing firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2015.

Botham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017. A judge on Friday ordered Guyger to surrender her passport and barred her from leaving the state without permission. "Several members of Jean's childhood choir created a video tribute of them signing "Lean on Me" from all over the world because they could not attend", the Dallas Morning News reported at the time.

Questions surrounding the case have caused worldwide attention, with a focus on whether Guyger knew she was entering the wrong unit, and if she was justified in using deadly force as a police officer, given that Jean was in his own apartment.

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

During a news conference Friday, Jean family attorney Lee Merritt thanked the grand jury and said murder was the appropriate charge.

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

Guyger turned herself in to authorities Friday afternoon. She had been free on bond since her arrest.

"Every person in the Dallas Police Department continues to feel anguish about this hard and tragic event that occurred on September 6, 2018", Dallas police chief Ulysha Renee Hall said in a statement. "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 did a full, complete presentation to the grand jury", she said.

Jean's family says in the suit that Guyger had a history of violence and used excessive force against Jean that fateful night in September, resulting in his wrongful death.

"We have developed the framework for policy change, have supported the restructuring of the Citizen Review Board, pushed to exceed the basic requirements of implicit bias training and have relied on input from our employee advisory and community advisory boards".

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

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

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