Judge Tammy Kemp calls prosecutors and defense attorneys to the bench during pretrial arguments in the Amber Guyger murder trial in the 204th District Court in Dallas, Monday, September 23, 2019. Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor in his own apartment last year. She told police she thought his apartment was her own and that he was an intruder. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News, Pool)
The murder trial has begun for former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who shot and killed a 26-year-old black man in his own apartment after allegedly mistaking it for her own. Guyger, who was returning home from work, claims she mistook Botham Jean for an intruder after entering his apartment, which was one floor below hers. Jean’s attorney claims that witnesses heard Guyger pounding on the door shouting “Let me in” before hearing gunshots. Guyger was later fired by the Dallas police force. She faces life in prison if convicted on murder charges. The State of Texas and the defense have presented opening statements today as the prosecutor painted a picture of a young officer that had willingly signed up for overtime and her text messages will reveal that she had plans later that night with her partner. The defense opened with how many people living in that apartment complex had reported going to the wrong floor. Her defense case; she thought she was in her apartment and had defend herself from an intruder.
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