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Amber Guyger Biography
Who is Amber Guyger ?
Amber Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean in her Dallas apartment in September 2018 while she was still in uniform.
She was arrested on one count of involuntary manslaughter, but was found guilty of murder in October 2019 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Her appeal requested a lesser charge and a new hearing for her punishment.
Guyger argued that the evidence is legally insufficient to show that she committed murder, according to court documents. The court ruled that the evidence supported the guilty verdict of murder. Guyger admitted during her testimony that she intended to kill Jean.
Guyger also argued that it was a “mistake of fact” that she thought she was in her own home. The court said that “error of fact” in criminal law is different from that situation.
Her attorneys argued that because she believed she was in her apartment, Guyger was acting in self-defense, according to court documents. Her right to her self-defense, if applicable, “does not negate her intention to kill Jean.”
The appeals court vacated her appeal issues and upheld her conviction and trial.
Chief Justice Robert D. Burns III, Justices Lana Myers and Robbie Partida-Kipness formed the three-judge panel to hear the case.
Guyger can now appeal to a higher court in Austin, but she will continue to serve her 10-year sentence.
What happened the night Botham Jean was killed?
During the trial, Guyger said that he had just finished a 13-hour shift when he said that he mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for his own.
She told investigators that she parked on the fourth floor instead of the third at the South Side Flats apartments, arrest records show. But prosecutors said the garage’s fourth floor is outdoors, while the third floor, where Guyger normally parks, is not.
Prosecutor Jason Hermus said Guyger, who was still wearing her uniform, also missed several visual clues during his walk down two long corridors.
She also didn’t notice Jean’s red doormat, the only one with such a remarkable doormat on the third or fourth floor, and the smell of marijuana in her house, all indicators that she had gone to the wrong door.
During the trial, it was revealed that Jean’s apartment was messier than Guyger’s, which was sparsely furnished. Guyger’s apartment had a semicircular entry table with a vase of flowers facing the living room of his apartment.
It had no rug or coffee table. Jean had a large round ottoman in front of his sofa. Guyger didn’t have any artwork behind his couch, unlike Jean.
The door was open and Jean was on the couch eating vanilla ice cream and watching television when Guyger entered. She shot twice, hitting Jean once on the lower part of her chest. The bullet went through her body down, Hermus said.
What We Have Learned in Amber Guyger’s Murder Trial
Prosecutors said Guyger was more concerned about texting her partner than trying to help Jean. After the shooting, she texted her partner twice saying she needed him.
“She should have given 100% of her attention to that man,” Hermus said of Jean, who was lying on the floor of her living room while Guyger waited outside for rescuers.
Guyger’s keys were in Jean’s door when the first officers arrived. The apartment doors have an electronic lock, which turns like a normal key.
Jean hadn’t locked the door when she returned home from running an errand. Photos from the crime scene show that the strike plate, which is where the door latches were closed, was slightly warped.
The door was not completely closed and latched the night of the shooting. Generally, the doors on the South Side Flats should close completely automatically, due to the way they are weighted.
Texas Ranger David Armstrong, the lead investigator on the case, testified that he tested the lock on Jean’s door multiple times. She didn’t always slam shut every time, he said.
Guyger testified that she was so disoriented that she had to walk out of the unit to obtain the apartment number from the 911 dispatcher.