Former Dallas Police Officer Indicted for Murder

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The grand jury upgraded the charge to murder.

According to Cruezot who is a former judge said that charging Guyger with anything less than murder completely deviates from the precedent set in Dallas courts. After a week of reviewing the evidence, however, the grand jury upped the stakes. He said Jean's mother testified before the grand jury, which he described as highly unusual. "We are confident that a dispassionate jury in a fair forum will objectively apply the law to the facts and find Amber not guilty".

Guyger, who is white, was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the September 6 shooting.

"I'm looking forward to the powers that be to come up with the answers to make me more satisfied that they are doing what is in the best interest of getting justice for Botham", Allison Jean said on September 10.

Above the apartment building where Jean was shot dead in September
Former police officer charged with the murder of St. Lucian national

Allison Jean said she hopes a proper penalty will cause Guyger to reflect on what she has done and the pain she has caused. Guyger may now face prison time for murder instead. She said most officers are good, but in this case, "We're talking about bad cops that go out there and do things against the law".

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

She says the agency remains "committed to improving our relationships throughout the city".

Guyger has since been fired from the department, and Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas.

"Botham Jean was an incredible young man who was tragically taken from us too soon".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a statement after the announcement in which he said the indictment was "another step on the long path toward justice for Botham". We pray that we will continue to trust God to deliver us.

Botham Jean's parents Bertrum and Allison Jean spoke at a press conference today (Friday, November 30, 2018) following a Dallas County grand jury indicting Amber Guyger for murder in the shooting death of their St. Lucian son.

An arrest affidavit prepared by the Texas Rangers provided a narrative of what allegedly happened the night Jean was killed. Jean lived in Apartment 1478, directly above Guyger's.

Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a 15-hour shift Thursday when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex. From there, she unwittingly entered the fourth-floor hallway - which is largely identical to the hallway below it, according to the affidavit - and headed to Jean's apartment.

In the affidavit, Guyger said that the door was "slightly ajar" and that the interior was dark when she entered, so she was unable to see that it was the wrong apartment.

Jean wasn't the first person shot by Guyger. Guyger then shot at Jean twice, hitting him once in the chest.

The Star-Telegram, along with several other media outlets, have requested copies of the 911 call Guyger made after the shooting, along with body camera footage worn by the officers who responded. She illegally entered his apartment, which was located one floor above her own, and shot Jean to death - that much has been established as true.