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(Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A grand jury on Friday indicted a white former Dallas police officer for murder in the killing of her unarmed black neighbor when she says she mistakenly went to his apartment rather than her own and shot him.

Dallas County court records showed the indictment before prosecutors were set to hold a news conference announcing it.

Amber Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the Sept. 6 shooting of her 26-year-old neighbor Botham Jean, a native of the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia who attended college in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas for accounting and consulting firm PwC.

(Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, File)

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. She said she got to what she thought was her apartment — Jean’s was directly above hers — and found the door ajar. She opened it to find a figure standing in the darkness. She said she pulled her gun and fired twice after the person ignored her commands.

Guyger has since been fired from the department and Jean’s family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas. The federal suit argues Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.

The circumstances of the shooting sparked outrage and led many to question Gugyer’s account of what happened. Critics, including Jean’s family, also wondered why it took three days for Guygert to be charged, why she wasn’t taken into custody immediately after the shooting and whether race played a factor in her decision to use deadly force.

Responding to criticism that the original manslaughter charge was too lenient, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said the grand jury could decide on the more serious charge of murder, which it did.

Jean’s killing thrust Dallas into the national conversation on the intersection of race and law enforcement, a dialogue revived by the high-profile trials of officers charged with murder in police shootings.

In October, white Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 on-duty shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.

And in August, white former Dallas-area officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder after firing into a car filled with black teenagers leaving a house party in 2017 and fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

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19 thoughts on “Amber Guyger Indicted For Murder In Killing Of Botham Jean

  1. americanize on said:

    Couldn,t this devil be arrested for murder,but anyway lets not get to excited she will have a jury of her piers 12 white people or maybe one black person and if he/she is a coon this devil could have a mistrial,hung jury,just looking at all the possibilities.

  2. While. I dont agree with her shooting him I do understand walking into wrong apartment.Sometimes whdn I go out I get so messed up on a terrible mix of beer helium and occassionaly airplane glue I have also walked into wrong apartment One time I went into a womans aprtment and woke up wearing her underwear on my head, what the hell was that all about? I dont know why nobody holds these airplane glue manufactures accountable.i dont even LIKE model airplanes they go like three feet when you throw them!

  3. Now lets see this POS go to trial and be CONVICTED.
    The entire incident regarding how the shooting of her neighbor never made any sense to me.
    Guyer is like all cops–they LIE/COVER-UP their mess and stick together.

    Guyer SHOULD NOT be out on BAIL–since she has been indicted for MANSLAUGHTER.
    Yes her bail should be revoked and her ass sent to jail to await trial.

  4. Shirley Smith on said:

    Ok, so she lives on the 3rd floor, that’s where she should park, she walks to what she thought was her apartment, she didn’t walk down to the 3rd floor, but she knew she parked on the 4th floor. She sees the door ajar, she didn’t look down at the RED RUG and flowers?I would have compassion for her if she would just tell the truth.

  5. HOLALUYA!!!!!!!Part1 has began GOT THAT WHITE DEVIL BITCH MURDER on the GANGPLAK Part2 Now they have to CONVICT her for MURDER!!!!!She KILLKED an INOCENT BRO and now THE BITCH is gonna PAY.I hope the WHITE PROSECUTER lives up to his name and PROSECUTES the WHITE DEVIL.No way this BITCH is gonna walk.She will have mucho time to sit in that JAIL and think abt her DEVILISH WAYS.LOCK THAT DEVIL BITCH UP AND THROW AWAY THE FUCKIN KEY. ( BROTHER BOTHAM JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.!!!!!!!!!!!)

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