Dallas officer in wrong apartment indicted on murder for shooting man

Dallas officer in wrong apartment indicted on murder for shooting man

Dallas officer in wrong apartment indicted on murder for shooting man

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in the case of Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor in his own apartment after she said she mistook it for hers on September 6, 2018.

I want to thank the Dallas community for the persons who have been rallying with us during this most hard time, my county St Lucia, the entire population of St Lucia has been on alert with the expectation that the grand jury would have returned an indictment for murder.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Jean's mother and sister took the stand before the grand jury this week, but little else is known about what evidence was presented.

Guyger's defense team said they will consider seeking a change of venue now that she will face trial for murder.

She quickly posted a $200,000 bond, almost three months after posting a $300,000 bond on the original manslaughter charge, the publication reported.

Guyger's arrest affidavit said she entered Jean's unit thinking that it was her own and that she shot Jean because she thought he was an intruder.

She said she reached what she thought was her apartment - Mr Jean's was directly above hers - and found the door ajar. She was sacked weeks later by the Dallas Police Department.

The ex-officer, 30-year-old Amber Guyger, was initially arrested in September on a manslaughter charge and released on bond after fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.

Guyger's lawyer, Robert Rogers said, "This is a bad tragedy that resulted from a true mistake".

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The district attorney's office made sure its investigative efforts were thorough "so we would know all the pieces of evidence we need to take before the grand jury", Johnson said.

"She inflicted tremendous evil on my son, [and] he didn't deserve it", Botham Jean's mother, Allison Jean, said at a news conference Friday. She opened it to find a figure standing in the darkness.

Allison Jean on Friday said she's pleased with the outcome of the grand jury hearing.

According to an affidavit filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third officer.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said her department continues "to feel anguish" over the shooting. She turned on the lights while on the phone with 911, and only when asked for her address did she realize she was in the wrong apartment, she told police. He had worked for the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm in Dallas since graduating.

After the shooting, Guyger's blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall.

The family's federal suit argues Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.

"This is groundbreaking, but it is also just a start", family members told reporters, explaining that a grand jury indictment "doesn't mean the case itself will be a slam dunk".

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