New York rapper Cardi B is showing her support for slain Texas man Botham Jean. The hip-hop artist has come forward to speak up on ex-cop Amber Guyger‘s publicized murder trial.
This week, Cardi left a comment on political activist Shaun King‘s Instagram page and said she deserved a life behind bars. [Click on the below tweet to see Cardi’s comment.]
This week, 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)
Guyger has testified in the murder trial and shared remorse over the situation.
Guyger, 31, took the stand during the trial, testifying that she hates herself and asks for forgiveness every day.”I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life,” she said Friday, in tears. “I ask God for forgiveness, and I hate myself every single day. … I wish he was the one with the gun who had killed me. I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life,” she said. (CNN)
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)