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Dallas officer convicted of neighbor’s murder

Amber Guyger testifies at her trial Associated Press/Photo by Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

Dallas officer convicted of neighbor’s murder

A jury found a former Dallas police officer guilty of murder on Tuesday for shooting her unarmed neighbor in his apartment. Botham Jean died on Sept. 6, 2018, when Officer Amber Guyger mistakenly entered his home after finishing a long shift. She found the door ajar and suspected an intruder was in her apartment, but she had parked on the wrong level and walked into the apartment one floor above hers.

How did she defend herself in court? Guyger called the shooting a terrible but honest mistake made while she feared for her life. She apologized to Jean’s family and said she never meant to take the life of an innocent person. Prosecutors said she acted with extreme negligence because she was on the phone with her work partner, with whom she was romantically involved, just before the shooting and because she gave Jean minimal life-saving aid. The shooting raised tensions between police and African Americans in Dallas. Jean was black and Guyger is white.

Dig deeper: Listen to a Dallas Morning News podcast episode describing Jean, an immigrant from St. Lucia who worked as an accountant.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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