Former US policeman indicted on murder charge for killing unarmed man

Former US policeman indicted on murder charge for killing unarmed man

Former US policeman indicted on murder charge for killing unarmed man

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Allison Jean said she believed Guyger "inflicted tremendous evil on my son".

"At the moment of this shooting, it was an intentional and knowing offense", Dallas County District Attorney Johnson said. The grand jury began hearing the case Monday.

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

The indictment came three months after Guyger fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, on September 6, after she returned home from work.

Guyger had allegedly shot Jean, after she mistook him for an intruder upon entering his apartment after her shift was over. 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. The grand jury took no action on that charge, returning a true bill on murder only.

"We also pray for Amber that she will recognize what she has put us through", Jean said.

Allison Jean also said that the unusually long grand jury process was nerve-wracking but she found comfort in the thorough presentation by the DA's office.

A Dallas County grand jury delivered the indictment Friday after considering the evidence against Amber Guyger who killed the 26-year-old Botham Jean on September 6.

If Guyger is convicted, she will face up to life in prison.

Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge and was released from jail on US$300,000 bond the same day she was arrested.

Guyger said she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them.

Her office, Johnson said, took its time before seeking an indictment in the case to ensure that it could paint the best possible picture of the shooting to the grand jury. My church membership have all been praying and all St Lucians and church members over the world have been standing with us and I'm truly grateful for that. Guyger lived in an apartment one floor below Jean's unit.

Guyger was sacked on September 24.

An arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE alleged that on the night of Jean's death, Guyger parked her vehicle on the fourth floor of her apartment complex's garage and entered the fourth-floor hallway.

Inside, the lights were off and a figure in the darkness cast a large silhouette across the room, according to Guyger.

The killing of an unarmed black man by a white officer in uniform sparked demonstrations in the Texas city, with protesters calling for Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas police force, to be charged with murder.

Merritt claimed that she did not realize she was at the wrong apartment until she called 911 and was asked for her location.

Her attorney, Robert Rogers, said he was not surprised by the indictment, citing the political pressure surrounding the case and a wave of "vindictive emotion" targeting his client.

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