Jury Finds Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Guilty Of Murder

A Dallas jury rendered a guilty verdict in the murder trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger.

Dallas, TX – The jury on Tuesday morning found former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder for shooting her neighbor in what she mistakenly believed was her own apartment.

Both the prosecution and the defense made closing arguments on Monday morning and then Dallas County District Court Judge Tammy Kemp sent the jury to lunch before beginning deliberations.

But before beginning closing arguments, Kemp gave several instructions to the jury, including telling them they had the option of weighing whether they believed the 31-year-old former police officer had committed murder or manslaughter when she shot 27-year-old Botham Jean believing he had broken into her apartment, ABC News reported.

She also ruled that jurors could consider a “Castle Doctrine” defense, similar to so-called “stand your ground” laws that allow a person to use deadly force to protect themselves and their belongings in their home, KTVT reported.

Dallas County Assistant District attorney Jason Fine called Guyger’s assertion that she had shot Jean in self-defense “crazy.”

Fine pointed to the former officer’s testimony that she would never want anyone to go through what she went through the night she mistakenly shot her neighbor and said that Guyger had made the trial all about herself, ABC News reported.

He called it “absurd” for her to claim Castle Doctrine as a defense.

"I mean, my God. This is crazy. It was unreasonable - she should've known she was in the wrong apartment," Fine told the jury, according to ABC News.

Guyger’s attorneys argued that the prosecution had failed “to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that the former police officer was guilty of murder.

Attorney Toby Shook told the jury that Guyger’s “horrible, horrible mistake” didn’t rise to the level of murder or even manslaughter, ABC News reported.

"You can hate her, but you can't convict her" based on those feelings, Shook said.

Officer Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge on Sept. 9, three days after she fatally shot 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.

After having worked 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas of the city, the exhausted 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 used her key.

The door wasn’t fully shut and opened right away.

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.

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Danimyl
Danimyl

They had to go for the "Murder" conviction to stave off the riots which most certainly would have occurred

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I have a hunch this verdict will be appealed based on the actions of the prosecutor.

I think we all knew a guilty verdict was coming, and it wasn't based on the facts of the case, but society's outrage from black lives matter supporters, and the media's spin on on all reporting to get more clicks.

Manslaughter was a more appropriate charge; murder isn't.

Martunafish
Martunafish

Seemed like an accident to me. I'm not saying she should be let off scott free; but murder? No.

DNW
DNW

Wow. That was a fast conviction..

Marxest
Marxest

Oh do I LOVE good news with my mornings! This was a horrible case from the start. I support police when they do the right thing, neutralize violent criminals and save lives. Amber Guyger did none of those things, she took an innocent life. And the revelations that came forth during the trial were painful. The fact that convicted murderer Amber Guyger neglected to perform adequate CPR, nor attempt to apply lifesaving procedures to stop Mr Botham Jean's traumatic bleeding from the gunshot wound and the fact that she was mostly concerned about her job after the murder only showed me how guilty she actually was. She's a narcissistic psychopath, plain and simple. She kills a man and what does she do? She contacts her boyfriend to tell him that she will be late for their romantic rendezvous. And what the white nationalists on this site fail to realize is this: If Guyger had been acquitted, it would mean that Officers can unlawfully enter any home of an innocent person (no matter your ethnicity) and shoot you dead and get off scot-free. All they have to do is say that they were "afraid for their life and that they were in danger and voila acquitted. Amber Guyger wasn't in danger that cold September night. Amber Guyger was the danger and Botham jean lost his life in a cold blooded act of murder. For a year Mr Botham Jeans's family lived with the pain of his senseless murder, they will still live with the pain, and Amber Guyger's conviction- just and fair- will not bring their son back. Now, I need to see Amber Guyger wearing prison colors as she's sentenced to a lengthy prison term and Botham Jeans family receive a hefty amount from the city of Dallas and its Police Department. Rest in Peace Botham Jean- Your life mattered.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

She was wrong to kill the man and shooting at someone you can’t see is a bad idea but I don’t believe it was intentional. She may have behaved erratically right after the shooting but I don’t know how I’d act after shooting someone either.

xenonman
xenonman

She'll be a real popularity queen in the TX prison system!

ikaika
ikaika

Well, we know there won't be riots now. Or will they riot to celebrate?

BJM97
BJM97

This is just another example of the war on police. It was obviously an accident there was no malicious or premeditated intent here. Hatred for police has gone to far by the liberal socialist left. I hope this gets over returned on appeal!!!!

flybynight
flybynight

LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!!! THE MAN THAT LOST HIS LIFE IS STILL DEAD. FILM AT 11:00

Netzz
Netzz

Hopefully. She doesn't walk in the Wrong cell ,,

Constitutionalists1
Constitutionalists1

The woman walked into his apt, not the other way around. He was an unarmed man, her life was not in danger. Her training dictated for her to call for backup when she noticed the door was open.

She had other options than to take a man's life

JBo
JBo

Unfortunately, from the details the pathologist testified to, CPR and immediate medical assistance would not have saved his life. When a bullet travels trough the heart, lung and other organs...that's pretty much it even if he was on a trauma table within 5 minutes.

Testimony: "[Dr. Gwin] testified the bullet entered above his left nipple and traveled downward through the chest, hit a rib and struck his lung and heart. It moved through the diaphragm, struck the stomach and intestines, stopping in a muscle in the abdominal cavity close to the spine..."

Police2Pastor
Police2Pastor

Everybody lost in this case. Jean needlessly lost his future, Amber has lost her future, although she is still alive.

What she did was stupid and reckless, and her reaction after the fact could have been better. In her defense, any Officer who has ever come off the end of a shift can attest to being drained, exhausted and ready to get home. We have been in the yellow zone for so long that all you want to do is crash on your couch and put your brain in neutral. Can you imagine the feeling of entering what you think is your apartment, tired and ready to crash, only to find what appears to be an intruder in what you think is your home. Maybe a seasoned Officer would have been more aware; I don't know, but then comes the twist in the story. She defends herself in what she thinks is her apartment only to realize she is on the wrong floor, and she has just killed an innocent man who was relaxing on his couch watching some TV.

There is nothing Amber can do to bring back Jean. Jean is gone, and Amber will now have to live with this the rest of her life. Amber's sentencing will be just as unfair as the taking of Jean's life, nobody wins. Amber will be held accountable. I do agree at some point that her appeals may reduce her sentencing, depending on what she receives.

Setting aside both race, and uniform, this is simply a horrible, irreversible tragedy that has changed the lives of two families forever. My prayers of comfort go out to Jean's family, and I pray that Amber will find a way to use this tragedy for a purpose that will eventually bring healing in some way to others. I also pray that forgiveness can come forward in this case and overtake the bitterness being fueled.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I wish her well in gen pop. Hopefully no one plans on re-enacting the murder by entering her cell when they thought it was her own.

FilthyRich1999
FilthyRich1999

Don't feed the troll Hi_estComnDenomn. Why respond to his ignorant and juvenile statements. He just does it to piss you off. Stop entertaining this fool.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

This was predictable from the start and hopefully will be overturned on appeal as this is a true miscarriage of justice

Raymelson
Raymelson

I can understand what happened an it was really bad on both families but I don't think a murder charge is justified I also think it will be over turned we all make mistakes in life

StephH
StephH

I completely support law enforcement, but what she did is out right murder.

he733
he733

Well, let's reverse it. A black off duty male police officer accidentally walks into a white woman's apt, she's eating ice cream in her underwear and smoking weed and the black off duty cop shoots her thinking she's an intruder. He doesn't try to administer first aid he just calls his cop friends to help HIM. In the trial, he states (as she did) that he shot to kill the intruder (this is where intent to kill comes to play). Then he tries to play the "she didn't comply/my home is my castle" defense at the trial.

So lets recap: BLACK COP SHOOTS BLONDE WHITE WOMAN IN HER OWN HOME AND SHE WAS IN HER UNDERWEAR EATING ICE CREAM.

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD PLAY OUT? DO YOU BELIEVE HE WOULD GET MANSLAUGHTER AND SOME KIND OF LIGHT SENTENCE FOR HIS MISTAKE?

be honest with yourself....I'll wait...

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Does her sex partner still get to keep his job?

Musicray
Musicray

She was convicted of murder because she’s white...they were trying to make the black community happy. It was a horrible accident...manslaughter would have been fair.. hopefully this will be fixed in the appeal..

tfort
tfort

I did not see murder coming at all and very surprised she was convicted of that charge. Wow. I am glad the family got justice and hope they can heal and move on.

I hope she gets the low end of the sentence and not life, she doesn't deserve life over this. She seems honestly remorseful over her actions.

Gregs1989
Gregs1989

I'm so sick of these black lives matter ppl calling any white person who disagrees with them a white supremacist. When the real truth is blm is not diff than any white supremacist group. Y'all spew just as much hate and anger as the next. YOURR NO DUCKING BETTER set a better example for your kids

Brian Richmond
Brian Richmond

Ultimately she got her wish to be the Angel of Death.

BoneDoc
BoneDoc

The A-P article in todays San Antonio Distress News indicated that BLM was all over this, as was the 2d Prosecuting Attorney... No indication for any prior consideration by the defendant for 'a plan', et al Prior Intent. Yep she had a mega-brain fart and killed an innocent guy, but had no plan to do so. I believe she deserves to be guilty of negligent manslaughter. She had no chance with having 2 prosecutors, 1 most certainly pushed the Murder Charge, which more than assured her conviction.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

I live here. I've watched this from the day this happened. She has appeared to be defiant throughout the process to get to the trial. She shot and killed someone while still in her police uniform (even though off duty). The one ray of hope and goodness came when Botham Jean's young brother gave his impact statement and said he forgave her. He said his brother would want them to forgive her and pray for her to come to know Christ. And then he asked if he could hug her. She ran to him and he hugged her while she cried. The judge went to her chambers and came back a bible and gave it to Amber and hugged her and appeared to give her some consoling words. She made a terrible judgement call and a man has died. She will serve her sentence, his family will hurt and all lives have changed forever.

bryantrent
bryantrent

She will be out in 5 years

he733
he733

By her sentencing and hugs from the victim's brother and judge...they gave amber guyger more of benefit of the doubt and sympathy than she ever gave Botham Jean.

Martunafish
Martunafish

I can make a judgement based on facts admitted into a courtroom (without looking at skin color). Can you? What's your opinion of the wrongful death decision against OJ? Was it fair? Correct? I was open to OJ's innocence until proven guilty. (I guess I should mention that my whole family was was a BIG fan of his.) I was with OJ until I saw the Bronco chase - that wasn't allowed into the court as evidence (rightly so) because it would bias the jury. It convinced me that something was definitely wrong. Later, the blood samples confirmed that one of my football heroes was guilty. You wanna discuss Rodney King - I'm open. You're a good writer in my opinion, and you've obviously got a brain. Oh yea, what do you think would have happened if the Bronco Chase had been admitted as evidence in the criminal trial? Would they have found him guilty? It was, of course, admitted as evidence in the civil trial, where all evidence is admissible. I think that's why he lost the civil case.