DA Ignores Judge's Gag Order As Trial Starts For Ex-Cop Amber Guyger

The trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger began in Dallas County on Monday.

Dallas, TX – The murder trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger for the fatal shooting of Botham Jean began in Dallas on Monday morning.

Guyger’s attorneys had filed for a change of venue and said the former police officer couldn’t get a fair trial in Dallas County after all the protests and publicity, but the judge denied the request, ABC News reported.

Her attorneys made a motion Monday morning for a mistrial, citing an interview recently done by Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot in violation of a strict gag order from the judge, KXAS reported.

The judge polled the members of the jury individually and determined that none of them had seen the interview or TV reports about it.

Despite her obvious fury over Creuzot’s maneuver, she refused to declare a mistrial, KXAS reported.

Then-Officer Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge on Sept. 9, three days after she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment.

A grand jury later indicted her for murder. A murder conviction could put Guyger behind bars for life, whereas manslaughter would have carried a maximum penalty of 20 years, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Then-Officer Guyger was off-duty and returning home from work just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6 when the incident occurred.

After having worked 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas of the city, the 30-year-old officer parked on the wrong floor of the parking garage adjacent to her apartment building, WCAU reported.

The arrest affidavit said the garage levels correspond with the floors in the apartment complex. Officer Guyger lives on the 3rd Floor of the Southside Flats apartment complex, and should have parked on the 3rd floor where her apartment was.

But the off-duty officer parked on the 4th floor of the parking garage and proceeded into the building, where she went to the door of the apartment she believed to be her own and inserted her key.

The affidavit used to get the warrant for the officer’s arrest said the door to the 4th Floor apartment was not completely shut. It’s been reported that the Southside Flats apartments use a keycard entry system.

“She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole,” the affidavit said. “The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”

The sound of the door opening alerted Jean, who was home alone in his apartment watching football.

The affidavit said Jean went to see what was going on at his front door.

Officer Guyger told investigators she saw the silhouette of someone in what she believed to be her own apartment, and drew her firearm, WCAU reported. The affidavit said she believed she was being robbed.

She gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean, according to the affidavit. Then she fired her weapon in the dark at the person twice, striking him once.

The arrest affidavit said it wasn’t until Officer Guyger was already on the phone with 911, that she reached to turn on the lights and she realized she was not in her own apartment.

She went into the hall and checked the address on the door, and confirmed for the dispatchers that she was in unit 1478, one floor above her own apartment, WCAU reported.

Jean was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he later died.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced that Guyger had been fired from the police force on Sept. 24, but not for the shooting.

“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, # 10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the chief’s statement read.

That statement appears to refer to some action taken by then-Officer Guyger on the day of her arrest.

The firing came after two weeks of protests in the city, and widespread calls for the chief to terminate Officer Guyger’s employment with the Dallas Police Department (DPD).

The chief had said she couldn't fire the officer for the shooting itself until the investigation was complete.

Jean’s family has arrived from St. Lucia for the start of the trial.

Comments (90)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Damn. I know that look the judge gave. My Mom had a very similar look after I did something stupid. And if this judge is anything like my mom, Amber Guyger doesn't stand a chance.

Further, there's no way Jean's door was ajar. One, witnesses that the police refused to interview said they heard someone yelling "let me in!" before the gunshots. Two, his door wasn't ajar like she lied... The apartment has fire doors, they close automatically. Third, why did we never see her tox report? I've worked long hours and never forgot what floor I've lived on. Hell, I've stumbled back to my apartment before, on the verge of blackout drunk, and recognize when I'm on the wrong floor. I think she was on opioids.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I also want to see the tox report.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Other than the trolls above who is making shit up just because they can, the judge is setting the case up for an appeal. the DA is violating the gag order, and there has been so much local protesting, there is no way she can get a fair trial.

Yes, she shot the man, yes, she was wrong, but the media circus has made this into something more than it should be. and the judge allowing the circus in the courtroom is even more shameful.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I had never heard the 911 call that Guyger made. It is quite telling. Seems like an honest mistake. Tragic.

JBo
JBo

Why wasn't the prosecutor held in Contempt for violating a judge's order?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe they can make up for any unfairness by letting the jury know that Botham Jean smoked pot.

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

What does it take for some of you to stop making excuses. Worried about everything else.

FACTS: Off duty officer, wrong apartment, unarmed man in his apartment, murdered. Also, RED floor mat at his door. She doesn't have one at her door. How do ANYONE miss that.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I'll preach from dawn to dusk; from creation to eternity, about knowing what you are shooting at before pulling that trigger. Once you do, you can't get those bullets back. This is her mistake and she needs to be held accountable for it. Sadly, even that won't fix this, though. The life of that young man has ended and his family, her family and her world is forever changed forever. All because of the routine of coming home and walking to a familiar door, then finding that door to be a jar and believing the person in the shadows was burglarizing it. The mistake is hers, but what are the odds of it happening at any other time?!?!

This is a tragedy all around.

tfort
tfort

Didn’t it come out today that she was “sexually” texting her partner (married?) right before the shooting?

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

The prosecutor must be sanctioned for Contempt of Court.

The request for a Change of Venue should have been granted in the first place. Now? There is no way this former officer is going to see a fair trial.

I also don’t see this case as murder. It’s a lot of things but not murder. As for the calls for a toxicology report, I’m confident that had her submission shown anything hot, we’d long since known about it since this DA can’t seem to turn away from a camera or mic.

This is a terrible situation for everyone. Let’s try putting on a fair trial, if that’s possible. She doesn’t deserve life in the penal system.

Usesomesense
Usesomesense

Hi est,

Brother I think the only one High here is you. Did you not see the hearing yesterday where it was proven the door DID OPEN DUE TO A CHRONIC MALFUNCTION???? And where you get she was on opioids is like an Area 51 conspiracy....where would you get that??? Why not be on weed, acid, crack??? Are you saying the other 96 people who went to the wrong floor were high too? Are you a toxicologist phd? Were you there? No, no and no....soooooooo shut it! Get your facts straight so you don’t look like a fool...

Storm45
Storm45

Poor selection and supervision. This female officer was amped up from her tour of duty but, based on my experience, she probably had a history of acting out to be "one of the guys." The issue of a sexual relationship with a paramour is immaterial. Her failure to identify a clear threat to her life and basing her shoot decision upon the mere presence of a person in what she thought was her apartment is not as simple as some on this forum are suggesting. Distance to contact, lighting, failure of the victim to comply - though the victim had more reason to be fearful than the officer - show just how complicated defensive shootings can be. This is a tragic shooting and one life is lost, another ruined and the whole damn thing is skewed due to the racial disparities between victim and shooter. This seems like a time for some compassion and understanding, and accountability. Things happen, but the race mongers, do-gooders, moral entrepreneurs, perpetually offended, and a chief and a department that need to make community points will have their pound of flesh.

Marxest
Marxest

Everything about this case is awful. This killing (if not outright murder) was 100% unjustified. She needs to go down for murder. She has shown no remorse for her actions, she even tries to pin his own death on him by saying that he refused to follow her commands, disgusting. Lock her away! Accident or bot, she shouldn't just kill someone and be allowed to walk.

Fr33d0mHawkPatriot
Fr33d0mHawkPatriot

Yes, we know blue lives matter more than 300 million Americans lives. Only cops can get away with murdering an innocent person and shrinking any sense of personal responsibility. If an ordinary citizen makes a mistake and shoots someone who doesn’t have it coming, they blew it! They actually pay for their mistakes!

Nobody in the military would get away with such shirking of responsibility and flouting of the law. So, I guess blue lives matter more than our troops lives too. I am a vet but my life is worthless compared to the almighty above all Law and Morality “blue lives”. Who else gets a six month paid vacation for making the worst mistake a person can make, murdering those you are charged with protecting?

I am all for cops being safe and coming home every night, so long as they follow the rules the rest of us peasants are expected to follow. But i am against shirking responsibility because that sends a recruitment message to the most vile and sadistic thugs to become cops so they can murder Americans and get six month paid vacations for each American they’ve murdered on cold blood. There is nothing more important to a community than a good cop but there is nothing worse for a community than a law breaking thug cop being allowed and even encouraged to kill Americans and be rewarded with six months paid vacation.

I don’t think Guyger is a vile thug but she made a huge mistake and mistakes should be paid for by the people who made them. Why is that so hard to understand for some? Do blue lives matter infinitely more than every other law abiding citizen in this country? Support your local police but hold those police officers who make severe mistakes accountable.

I know I would have NEVER shot a man in his own home. I used to do guard duty and never shot anyone. Once I had a drunk wander into my house at 3am and I gently guided him out the door, but I certainly didn’t shoot him. Turns out he was from a different apartment.

I verify every target and I would rather take a bullet than shoot an innocent person. That’s what I expect from police as well. If you don’t have the courage to verify your shots then you shouldn’t be a cop or even own a gun or even a rubber band!

dmitrikozlowsky
dmitrikozlowsky

She went 0-100 in of less then one second. Poor guy did not even have time to respond , or even process that there was a police officer in uniform yelling commands. Her panic probably compressed her time perception. She actually responded as she was trained. She fired two shots at dark silhouette, center mass. Just like on range, or in a simulator , or in SHOOT/NO SHOOT scenario training. What is telling is that she very quickly formed intent to kill. Her words. Not intent to 'stop' a threat as police departments and unions stress. In her testimony, "I intended to kill, becouse that's how we are trained." That is Murder2. She found the door ajar , then made a decision to enter a dark apartment, compressing time and space . She had already lost her situational awareness, before she even reached the door. Then she magnified her loss of SA by entering dark space. Became target fixated on outline of a person. Then went through robotics motions of command issue followed by trigger pull , in space of time that gave no time for the victim to respond. But enough time for her to form intent to kill , "..as we are trained". Words from her testimony. After weapon discharge, did she retreat into hallway, made 911, then proceed to reenter apartment to turn on the light. After she turned on the light did she realize that not only she was not in her apartment, she was on wrong floor. Her loss of SA began, I think , when she parked her car, on wrong floor of parking structure. She must have been really out of it, no to notice the number of turns she made in the parking structure, or that her neighboring cars were different. Or the differences in the corridor to her apartment.