DALLAS, Texas – This morning in a Dallas, Texas courtroom, the jury pronounced a guilty verdict in the trial of former Dallas white police officer Amber Guyger in the fatal shooting of her unarmed, black neighbor, Botham Jean in his apartment in September 2018.
Guyger was off-duty but still in uniform after a long shift when she shot the 26-year-old accountant a migrant from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia.
Guyger previously apologized for killing Jean and said she feared for her life upon finding the door unlocked of what she thought was her apartment.
Guyger’s lawyers called the shooting “a tragic, but innocent” mistake.
Prosecutors questioned how Guyger missed numerous signs that she was at the wrong apartment, including a bright red mat that Jean had before his front door.
Jean was unarmed in his apartment and had been watching TV and eating ice cream before Guyger entered his apartment.
Jean’s death sparked protests from, among Caribbean Americans in Dallas and other regions in the US, and in his homeland of St. Lucia, with the consensus that Jean’s death was a deliberate act by the police officer, and not a mistake as she claimed in her defense.