News Americas, DALLAS, TX, Mon. Sept. 23, 2019: The murder trial
of a white former Dallas police officer who shot and killed a Caribbean
immigrant in his own apartment in Dallas, Texas, opens today, Sept. 23rd.
Amber Guyger shot and
killed 26-year-old St. Lucian immigrant Botham Shem Jean on Sept. 6, 2018 after
she entered his apartment which she said she thought was her own. She claims
she shot him because she thought he was a burglar.
Jury selection began earlier this month, one year to the date of the
slaying of Jean, who was an up-and-coming associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Guyger, then an
off-duty police officer and four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department,
was initially charged with manslaughter three
days after the shooting but in November, she was indicted on a murder charge by
a grand jury.
admitted to the shooting but claims it was an accident and has pleaded not
guilty to murder.
Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, 52, told CNN: “My hope for the
trial is for my son to get justice … that the person who inflicted harm on
him gets punished for the crime that she committed.”
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