Former Dallas Cop Who Fatally Shot Neighbor Testifies in Court

Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger leaves the 204th District Court as the court recessed for the day at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dal

Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger leaves the 204th District Court as the court recessed for the day at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dal

The judge ordered a short break after Amber broke down in tears while testifying about how she carried her police equipment up to her apartment.

According to Guyger, Jean-who had been sitting on his couch in his apartment watching television and eating ice cream-began walking swiftly toward her shouting "hey, hey, hey".

Guyger, who was kicked off the police force after she killed her neighbor, Botham Jean, told the court that she meant to kill him when she pulled the trigger, which she said is what she had been trained to do.

Closing arguments in the murder trial of Amber Guyger in the fatal shooting of Botham Jean were completed early Monday afternoon. The prosecution suggested, on cross-examination, that she cared more about herself at that moment than the man she had just shot. She said Rivera had never been to her apartment. Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus asked Guyger.

"Who would not have sympathy for Botham Jean?". Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean's door was ajar.

Guyger admitted she later deleted the text exchanges, which she said she usually did.

Guyger is charged with murder and faces up to life in prison if convicted. "Let me see your hands".

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The 31-year-old police officer was off-duty but still in uniform when she shot Jean in his apartment, which was directly above hers.

In distinction to circumstances just like the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Philando Castile in Minnesota, Guyger shot Jean whereas she was off responsibility, reasonably than whereas responding to a reported crime.

In the call, Guyger repeatedly tells a dispatcher, "I thought it was my apartment", and says, "I'm going to lose my job".

Hermus also grilled Guyger about why she didn't perform "proper CPR" on Jean after she shot him.

Prosecutors, however, say she showed incredible carelessness that night. Instead, she chose to become the aggressor, he said.

GOODWYN: The case will turn on whether the jury finds Amber Guyger's actions reasonable, even if they were mistaken. As a young child, she told jurors, she had always wanted to be a police officer.

Guyger entered Jean's apartment on the night of September 6, 2018, in downtown Dallas - allegedly believing that she was walking into her own apartment.

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Guyger also left Jean unattended to meet paramedics and sent a text message to her married partner to set up an encounter for the night, the prosecutor alleged.

"She decided from outside, from that position of safety, that she was going to engage what she calls the threat, and she decides how she's going to do it: by pulling her gun, opening that door and going in to engage him", Hermus said.

GOODWYN: But the main reason Guyger testified was so that the jury could see her showing remorse for what she'd done.

September 11, 2018 - Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean's family, calls Guyger's story "highly implausible".

Civil attorneys for Jean's family said they believe the verdict should be "nothing less than murder".

Defense attorneys have argued that the layout of the Dallas apartment complex was confusing and that it wasn't unusual for residents to mistake others' apartments for their own.

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Allison Jean spoke fondly of her son's academic and extracurricular accomplishments as well as his commitment to his church. Guyger is accused of shooting and killing Botham Jean , an unarmed 26-year-old neighbour in his own apartment last year.

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