Prosecutors said an ex-Texas police officer wasn’t tired when she shot her upstairs neighbor in his own apartment last year—and the sexually-explicit text messages she sent to her partner prove it.
ABC News reported that the texts were presented at the conclusion of Amber Guyger’s former partner’s testimony on Monday. Prosecutors said Guyger, 31, and her police partner, Martin Rivera, sent racy messages to one another throughout the day and moments before she fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment on September 6, 2018.
Rivera testified that he would send suggestive photos of himself to Guyger. Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus alleged the pair had texted one another hours before the fatal shooting, including a message where Guyger said she was “super h***y today,” according to the news outlet.
Prosecutors said Rivera and Guyger discussed meeting up after her shift ended. Hermus claimed after Guyger finished her 13-hour shift, she delivered a Snapchat message to Rivera stating, “Wanna touch?”
Indicted late last year, Guyger claimed she fatally shot Jean in his apartment after mistaking his unit for hers. She reportedly told police that she had finished a 13-hour shift when she parked her car on the fourth floor of her apartment building, instead of on the third floor where she lived.
Guyger reportedly said the door was slightly ajar when she placed the key into the keyhole, causing the door to open further. Documents stated that she claimed she saw a “large silhouette” and gave it verbal commands before opening fire, fatally wounding Jean in his torso.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Hermus said Guyger was on the phone with Rivera as she drove home and entered the parking garage. The call ended at 9:55 p.m., three minutes before she would shoot Jean, the prosecutor said.
Hermus also alleged that Guyger sent two messages to Rivera while on the phone with 911: “I need you … hurry” and “I f**ked up.”
“She should have made it her point of existence to take care of that man,” Hermus told jurors, noting that Guyger was outside the apartment when first-responders arrived.
According to KDFW, prosecutors said Guyger and Rivera deleted messages from their phones some point after the fatal shooting.
When asked about the deleted text messages, Rivera testified, “That’s not something I want to be reminded of. I don’t keep messages saved unless it’s of importance.”
Meanwhile, defense attorneys dismissed the sexting premise as “preposterous” and asserted that Guyger and Rivera’s sexual relationship had ended before the September 2018 shooting.
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[Featured Image: Amber Guyger/Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office; Botham Jean/Facebook]