Former Texas cop Amber Guyger has reportedly been found guilty for the murder of unarmed black man Botham Jean in his own home. After days of testimony, the jury announced the headline-generating verdict.
On Tuesday, the verdict was revealed and ultimately carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.
A jury has found former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder after less than 24 hours of deliberation. Guyger was indicted last year after fatally shooting her unarmed neighbor, Botham Jean, in his apartment, which she said she mistook as hers. Jurors were given the option of finding Guyger guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter. With the murder conviction,Guyger, 31, now faces up to life in prison. (CNN)
This week, rap star Cardi B left a comment on political activist Shaun King‘s Instagram page and said Guyger deserved a life behind bars. [Click on the below tweet to see Cardi’s comment.]
Yesterday, Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp ruled the jury could consider using controversial Texas law “castle doctrine” which could ultimately help Guyger avoid jail.
The judge’s decision to allow the defense to use the law, which says your home is your castle and you have a right to defend it, has raised the bar for prosecutors and sparked outrage and disbelief from critics who questioned how the law could protect Guyger when she shot Jean in his own apartment. (Washington Post)
The now-infamous fatal shooting took place in September 2018 and has remained a controversial topic since then.
Jean’s death immediately drew national attention, raising questions about what led to the unarmed black man being shot inside his own apartment. These are the known facts: Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department and Jean’s downstairs neighbor, had gotten off of a work shift on September 6 when she returned to her Dallas apartment building. When she arrived, Guyger got out of her car, then entered Jean’s apartment, firing at the man soon after and hitting him in the chest. Guyger then called 911, but Jean died of his injuries at a nearby hospital. (Vox)