Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Charged with Murder

Former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Charged with Murder December 2, 2018

On Friday a grand jury indicted former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charger. Guyger made international headlines in September after she shot and killed a man in his apartment. Initially, prosecutors involved in the case charged Guyger with manslaughter. However, after conducting a lengthy investigation, prosecutors amended the charges to murder.

On September 6th, Guyger told authorities she mistakenly entered the apartment of Botham Jean. Guyger said she thought she entered her apartment which was one floor above of Jean’s apartment. Believing she entered her apartment, she thought she spotted an intruder in her home.

In her original statements, she said she shot and killed Jean because she thought he was an intruder in her home. She said she was able to enter the apartment because Jean’s door was ajar.

Following his death, multiple outlets began poking holes in her shifting story about Jean’s open door. Original reports of the case suggested Guyger attempted to enter the apartment but struggled with the lock. However, days later the story changed with her telling authorities the door was ajar.

Witnesses at the scene said they heard knocking at the door of Jean’s and a woman’s voice saying, “Let me in.” Neighbors noted that Jean placed a red mat outside his front door to differentiate his apartment from others in the complex.

In the days after Jean’s death, authorities arrested Guyger and charged her with manslaughter. The manslaughter charge evoked protests in Dallas from supporters of Jean. Individuals called for the Dallas Police Department to fire Guyger.

After the mounting political pressure, the police department fired Guyger from the force by late September. Prosecutors connected to the case vowed to conduct a thorough investigation.

The Dallas Morning News reported that prosecutors obtained search warrants for Guyger’s electronics, social media records, and phone. Authorities also seized the locks from both apartments to determine pull data stored inside the locks. Additionally, police searched Jean’s home and pulled surveillance footage taken at the apartment building.

Prosecutors were tight-lipped about what evidence they uncovered in their search. However, they brought the evidence to a grand jury last week to review for the amended charge of murder.

Prosecutors presented evidence over two days to the grand jury. On Friday, the grand jury agreed to indict Guyger on the charge of murder.

Following the grand jury announcement, Jean’s father told reporters, “We really are not happy,” his father, Bertrum Jean, said, “but we take consolation, we take comfort at this time.”

Amber’s attorney, Robert Rogers, told reporters he wasn’t surprised by the indictment considering the amount of political pressure surrounding the case.  He insisted that Amber believed she entered her apartment and exercised self-defense in the killing of Jean.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson responded to critics about the length of time the investigation took. Additionally, Johnson commented whether political pressure played a factor in the amended charges.

“What I’m saying to you is we did a full, complete presentation to the grand jury,” she said.

“I was not bowing down to any political pressure to try to do it earlier, because that was not justice,” Johnson said. “Justice was to do it when we did it.”

Johnson told reporters they presented lab work and conducted more than 300 interviews with witnesses to prepare for the grand jury trial.

Johnson will not be prosecuting the case because she lost her rebid for election in November. Her opponent John Creuzot will take over the case.

Police booked Guyger into Mesquite jail at 1 pm on Friday. Shortly after she was booked, Guyger posted the $200,000 bond for her case. Interestingly, she also posted a $300,000 bond three months earlier for the manslaughter charge.

Guyger is only the second Dallas officer to be charged with murder in over 45 years. If convicted of her charge, she faces a maximum of life in prison.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    Were people supposed to just believe that her downstairs neighbor happened to have the EXACT SAME furniture, carpet, wall hangings, decorations, drapes etc etc etc. FFS, if the police had bothered just taking a handful of pictures from the entry of each of the apartments I can’t see how the fuck it would take as long as it did to destroy the ‘oopsies, I made a boo boo’ defense.

    Unless she was trying to claim she was really drunk or some shit. Either way, this was just another case of a cop with a gun shooting an innocent person.

    Guns don’t kill people. COPS kill people.

  • Jim Jones

    > COPS kill people.

    And yet almost never get prosecuted.

  • kaydenpat

    Good to hear this news. Her knocking and asking to be let in is the giveaway.

  • Ally

    I’ve guessing that they found evidence that she had a motive to kill him and that this was either premeditated murder or a second degree murder resulting from her decision to go to his apartment with her gun to fight with him about something.

  • Nelson Hernandez

    You must be some kind of special to actually believe that drivel. No one needs to be drunk to be non observant. And yes, even cops can miss things. Couple being tired and the apartment being dark and a mistake is not improbable. She should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Instead of being an ass and making shit up like you have any expertise in the fields of law, psychology, policing, etc. why don’t you have a nice cup of shut the fuck up and wait for the trial. How much more stupid would you feel if/when it comes out that it was just a horrible mistake? Loser

  • Nelson Hernandez

    or they bowed to political/social pressure and she’ll get acquitted like zimmerman because the prosecution won’t be able to hold their burden of proof.

  • Nelson Hernandez

    Who says that actually happened? Especially when you have conflicting reports for Bothams next door neighbors who said they heard none of that. It’s like Hands up “don’t shoot” never happened but people like you perpetuate the falsehood.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    “a nice cup of shut the fuck up” says somebody responding on the internet.

    Here is a free nickel, go buy a clue.

  • Ally

    I doubt it. I’ve been suspicious about her account of events from the very beginning. She shot a man in his own apartment. Her claim that she thought it was hers is simply not believable, even leaving aside some reports from the neighbors. I understand accidentally going to the apartment underneath yours and trying to open the front door, but she’d have to have noticed that she was at the wrong place when she opened the door, unless she was impaired, a possibility that tests done at the time of her arrest ruled out. Also, the police examined the locks, so I’m guessing that what they found cast significant doubt on her claim that his door was slightly ajar. We won’t know what they found until the trial, but any competent prosecutor should be able to poke a million holes into her defense without any effort.

  • Ally

    It’s not just reports from the neighbors. If you check the links that Katie shared, you’ll see that Guyger’s original story is different from her new one. She originally claimed that she put her key in the lock and was struggling to open it when Jean opened the door.

  • Nelson Hernandez

    You haven’t really looked at this case have you? I’m thinking you don’t know much about it.
    First, I addressed the reports from ppl not on Bothams floor about what they heard. Locks are a different story. Now if you read both reports, you would know that what you said is not true.

    ““An off-duty Dallas Police Officer, who was wearing a full Dallas Police uniform, was attempting to enter apartment number 1478, with a set of keys,” it says. “An unknown male, inside the apartment, confronted the officer at the door. A neighbor stated he heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by at least two gunshots.”

    While the arrest warrant describes Jean as being “across the room,” the search warrant says he confronted Guyger at his door.”

    Where does it say “she was struggling to open it”? It doesn’t. It never said that. As far as the discrepancy, well that depends. How people use words is very different. How she stated it and how the receiving officer wrote it down is also suspect. No one in the history of human kind has ever wrote the wrong thing someone says? I’m not saying he did. But when looking at what is believable, even cops will tell you that little minor discrepancies are not something they worry about. Again, I don’t know if that’s what happened but, Bothams body was found by the couch with no signs of it being moved. Guyger’s shell casings were at the threshold which is consistent with her story of shooting from there (more or less. I won’t begrudge her story a foot of two). These seems to point to that he statement, the door pushed open when she inserted her FOB key and Botham was across the room is factual. She never made the statement that Jean opened the door.

    We don’t know what information they got from the locks and to make an assumption that goes where you want it to go is not logical or rational thinking.

  • Nelson Hernandez

    That’s all you came back with? lol. Of course you did.

  • Cozmo the Magician

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  • Ally

    If you’d take the time to look through the links that Katie supplied, you’d see that original reports (such as from the NBC bay area paper) initially contained statements from the Dallas police force that stated that Jean opened the door. Also, the specifics of how her story differs from the warrant to her affidavit released a few days later are trivial in comparison to the fact that her story changed. I also think that your own bias is showing through, given that you consider the differences between the warrant and the affidavit to be “minor.” There’s a pretty big difference between him opening the door and her shooting him on the couch. There’s also a pretty big difference between the warrant stating that she was attempting to enter the apartment and the affidavit stating that she was able to enter the apartment because the door was ajar.

    But your final paragraph is correct. I don’t know what information they got from the locks yet, but I don’t think that it’s illogical to assume that they found evidence that contradicted Guyger’s account. It’s not because I want her to be guiltier than she appears to be even in her own account. It’s because the prosecution upgraded the charge from manslaughter to murder. That strongly suggests that they found good evidence suggesting that this wasn’t simply a case of mistaken identity. Maybe you’re right, and they are bowing to political pressure.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    Fluffy is purring right now. Invisible imaginary pet dragons are soooo cute after they have a good meal O_o

  • LOL!

  • kaydenpat