Ben Crump, the civil rights attorney who’s representing Botham Jean’s family, issued the following statement in light of Tuesday’s verdict:
“Nothing will bring Botham back, but today his family has found some measure of justice. What happened on September 6, 2018, is clear to everyone: This officer saw a black man and shot, without reason and without justification. The jury’s thoughtful verdict sets a powerful precedent for future cases, telling law enforcement officers that they cannot hide behind the badge but instead will face justice for their wrongful actions.”
Amber Guyger, the ex-Texas police officer on trial for fatally shooting his upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own apartment, was convicted of murder in last year’s slaying.
The jury reached their decision on Monday morning, shortly after they asked the court for the definitions of the Castle Doctrine and manslaughter and requested an exhibit.
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Indicted on murder charges late last year, Guyger, 31, claimed she fatally shot Jean, 26, in his apartment after mistaking his unit for hers. She reportedly told police that she had finished a long 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.
While officials denied the media’s requests for the 911 call Guyger placed on the night of the shooting and Jean’s autopsy report, the September 6 call was leaked in late April. She was fired from the Dallas Police Department several weeks after the fatal shooting.
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[Featured image: Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool]