Amber Guyger, the Texas officer charged in the fatal shooting of her upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, was reportedly released on bond shortly after her murder indictment on Friday.
Newsweek reported that Guyger, 30, turned herself into the Mesquite jail and posted $200,000 bond. According to the Dallas Observer, District Attorney Faith Johnson confirmed that the $300,000 she posted following her September arrest for manslaughter was transferred to her new case, allowing for her to remain free on bail.
Guyger reportedly told police she had finished a 15-hour shift when she inadvertently parked her car on the fourth floor of her apartment building instead of the third floor where she lived. She allegedly said the door was slightly ajar when she placed the key with an electronic chip into the keyhole, causing the door to open further.
Documents obtained by the Dallas Observer indicated that Guyger, who is white, claimed she saw a “large silhouette” and gave verbal commands before opening fire, wounding Jean, 26, in his torso. The St. Lucia native died from his injuries at a hospital.
Following Friday’s indictment, Johnson reportedly said her office took their time in pushing for an indictment to ensure the grand jury received every detail regarding the September 6 shooting. According to the Dallas Observer, she also mentioned that the initial manslaughter charge wasn’t up to her but Texas Rangers, who investigated the case.
Johnson is the outgoing prosecutor, as she lost her re-election bid to retired judge John Creuzot. Creuzot grabbed headlines last month when he said Guyger should be charged with murder, not manslaughter. While Creuzot will assume his new role on January 1, Johnson recently expressed interest in still trying the Jean case.
Johnson said last week, “This office has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours investigating this case. We were determined to present to the grand jury all of the facts and explain to them the law.”
[Featured Image: Botham Jean/Facebook; Amber Guyger/Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office]