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BOTHAM JEAN: Texas v Amber Guyger, off-duty Dallas PD, fatally shot man in wrong apartment *GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by Uno2Much, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Horrible. :candle:
    I just do not understand this.

    Dallas police seek manslaughter warrant against officer who killed neighbor
    Dallas police said the officer called for help and told responding officers that "she entered the victim's apartment believing that it was her own."
    by Erik Ortiz and Jareen Imam / Sep.07.2018 / 7:21 AM ET / Updated 2:17 PM ET

    Dallas police said Friday they are seeking a warrant for manslaughter against one of their own after an off-duty officer entered the wrong apartment in her building and killed a man who was inside.

    Police Chief Reneé Hall said a blood sample was drawn at her request to test the officer's drug and alcohol levels and "we are in the process of obtaining a warrant based on the circumstances."

    She said at a news conference that the Texas Rangers were launching an independent investigation.

    Further details surrounding the death of Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, were not immediately provided. Hall did not say why the officer opened fire and declined to discuss what she may have been doing before she returned home after working a full shift Thursday.

    Botham Shem Jean​

    The incident began just before 10 p.m. CT (11 p.m. ET) at the South Side Flats, an upscale apartment complex directly south of Dallas' downtown.

    During the encounter, the officer was in full uniform and "fired her weapon striking the victim," police said.

    Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dallas-officer-enters-apartment-she-mistakes-her-own-fatally-shoots-n907411
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2018
  2. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Dallas cop fatally shoots neighbor in apartment she mistakes for her own, police say

    Botham Shem Jean​

    The officer, who hasn't been named, will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. She was not injured in the shooting. The police department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting a joint investigation.

    Harding University, a private university in Searcy, Arkansas, said Jean was a native of the Caribbean country St. Lucia and often led worship services at the school's campus. He graduated from the school in 2016. Since then, he's been working in risk assurance for accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, the school said.

    Jean's mother, Allie, questioned how the deadly mix up occurred.

    "Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment," Allie Jean told NBC News. "He's a bachelor. Things are different inside."

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/0...fter-mistaking-it-for-her-own-police-say.html
  3. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Officer who walked into wrong apartment and killed man faces arrest: Authorities
    Sep 7, 2018, 4:57 PM ET

    An arrest warrant will soon be issued for a Dallas police officer who shot and killed a man upon returning home from her shift and entering an apartment she apparently thought was her own, police said Friday.

    Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall announced at a press conference that authorities are in the process of obtaining a warrant for the officer involved, who has not yet been identified.

    The victim was identified as Botham Jean, who was 26 years old.
    The officer called 911 for help, and the responding officers administered aid to Jean at the scene. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he later died, the police chief said.

    Botham Jean speaks at Harding University, March 24, 2014.​

    Botham Jean is seen leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017.​

    Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/officer-f...g-wrong-apartment-believing/story?id=57667361
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This breaks my heart on all levels. :vigil: Botham sounds like someone I would have loved to have met!
  5. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    September 12, 2018, 12:06 PM
    Criminal defense lawyers question crime in case of Dallas officer who killed neighbor


    According to an arrest warrant, Guyger said she went to what she thought was her own apartment. She said the door was "ajar" and she saw a "large silhouette" inside. After giving "verbal commands that were ignored," she fired her gun, hitting Jean.
    Meanwhile, an attorney for Jean's family said two witnesses told them details that contradict Guyger's claims.

    "They heard knocking down the hallway followed by a woman's voice that they believe to be officer Guyger saying, 'Let me in. Let me in,'" attorney Lee Merritt said.

    Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/botham-jean-shooting-dallas-police-officer-amber-guyger-criminal-defense-lawyers-views/
  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Has anyone seen a picture of the front of the apartment doors? I don't understand how the officer thought it was hers?
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  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

  8. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    New Search Warrant Shows Investigators to Analyze Gunshot Residue, Doors in Botham Jean's Murder Case

    New search warrants returned Friday show that law enforcement authorities have focused part of their attention on the locks to the doors of both Botham Jean and the Dallas police officer who shot him, Amber Guyger.

    Investigators with Dallas County released the document about 24 hours after a Dallas Police Department search affidavit publicly detailed property seized from the apartment of Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man fatally shot by Dallas officer Amber Guyger.

    The searches, conducted by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday and Wednesday, also concentrated on the contents of surveillance cameras placed throughout the apartment complex, presumably to track the movements of Guyger, and access logs to the South Side Flats apartment complex.


    Copy of warrant at link.


    Does this video prove Amber Guyger lied about Botham Jean’s door?

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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    That was very enlightening, thank you! Have they released who she was talking to on the phone when she was walking down the hall? Was she agitated and not paying attention to where she was at? I just don't understand why she would blatantly shoot him unless something happened between them. But I can't imagine what could have happened between them?
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  10. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    No, they haven't released who AG was talking to on the phone besides 911.
    Although her apartment was on the 3rd floor, directly below Jean's apartment, she parked on the 4th floor of the parking garage that night. According to his next door neighbors, AG was knocking on his door and yelling, "let me in!"
    I don't know if she purposely went to his apartment because the family's lawyer is suggesting that AG had lodged noise complaints against him.


    Female officer who shot, killed black neighbor may have made noise complaints about him on the day of shooting: Lawyer

    Although authorities have made few connections between Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who shot an unarmed black man, Bonham Jean, inside his own apartment on September 6, an attorney representing the victim’s family indicated that the suspect may have made a noise complaint against the victim on the day he died.

    While speaking to CNN, lawyer S. Lee Merritt claimed that the he has no theory as to why the tragedy happened. However, he stated noise complaints may have played a part. Gugyer, 30, who walked into 26-year-old Jean’s apartment on September 6 at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas, claimed that she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment and opened fire after she thought a burglary was in progress. Jean was killed in his own apartment.

    “There were noise complaints from the immediate downstairs neighbors about whoever was upstairs, and that would have been Botham. In fact, there was a noise complaint that very day about upstairs activity in Botham’s apartment. Botham received a phone call about noise coming from his apartment from the downstairs neighbor,” Merritt told CNN.

    Read more: http://www.crimeonline.com/2018/09/13/female-officer-who-shot-killed-black-neighbor-may-have-made-noise-complaints-about-him-on-the-day-of-shooting-lawyer/
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  11. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    The first 2 narratives are what AG reported to the Dallas Police Dept. and the Texas Rangers. Both versions conflict with neighbors' statements.

    Exclusive: Lawyer for Botham Shem Jean’s family dissects cop’s conflicting tale


    There are three main narratives that are coming out regarding what happened the night of the shooting. They are as follows:

    Narrative #1:

    Guyger went to Jean’s door and tried her key, but it wouldn’t fit. She placed her bags on the ground and attempted to open the door again. That’s when Jean opened the door surprising her, and she shot him.

    Narrative #2:

    Guyger took her key out to open the door, noticed it was ajar and entered the dark apartment. She saw Jean inside, issued verbal commands, and when he did not comply, she was forced to shoot him.

    Narrative #3:

    Witnesses stated they heard a banging and then a female voice yell, “Let me in! Let me in!” The yelling was followed by a single gunshot. Then a witness heard a male voice state, “Oh my God. Why did you do that?”

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  12. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    All of these accounts are interesting. I want to know exactly where he was shot. Was he at the door? Did he answer the door? Because once she's inside, she's going to know that's not her stuff.
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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    One of my roommates during college walked into the wrong apartment once. We lived on the third floor. She wasn't paying attention and walked into the second floor apartment.
    Funnily enough, she was able to figure it out within seconds and didn't try to attack our neighbors.
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  14. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    :good:How utterly logical of her!

    I think my first thought if I opened a door that I thought led to my home and saw an unfamiliar person inside, or an unfamiliar person answered the door when I knocked, would be that I had made a mistake. :blush:

    A few months ago, I was meeting some family members at a hotel where we were spending the weekend. They had made the reservations and gave me the room number. When I arrived, I went directly to the room, but an unfamiliar man opened the door when I knocked. Immediately, I said, "I'm sorry, I have the wrong room." I didn't start beating the man with my cane, demanding to know what he'd done with my family! I called my family from the hallway and it turned out we had been switched to a different room when they checked in. Good thing I didn't jump to conclusions and beat an innocent man to death! :facepalm:
  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Exactly! And she was a trained law enforcement officer? I mean, come on.
  16. Howell

    Howell Active Member

    I don't want to jump to conclusions, there's still a lot we don't know, but I'm not buying for a moment that this was any sort of "accident" or misunderstanding. Not if Guyger was sober, at least. It sure sounds likes Jean was targeted deliberately. I don't know if it was over the noise complaints or something more personal, but "Oops, wrong apartment!" does not explain what took place here.
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  17. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    DALLAS, Texas --
    Dallas County court records show that a white former Dallas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge for the killing of her black unarmed neighbor when she says she mistakenly went to his apartment instead of her own and shot him.

    The court records were posted Friday before authorities were set to announce the decision of a grand jury on the fate of Amber Guyger. She was arrested days after the Sept. 6 shooting that killed her 26-year-old neighbor Botham Jean, who was from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

    Guyger told investigators she mistook Jean's apartment for her own and thought she'd encountered an intruder. She has since been fired from the department and Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas.

  20. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I may be a huge defender of the blue, but this indictment seems fair in my eyes.
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