Former US policeman indicted on murder charge for killing unarmed man

Charlene Craig
December 3, 2018

Bertrum Jean said, "We want to give thanks first to the DA's office for the work that they put in to ensure this result today". "At the moment of the shooting, it was an intentional event", she continued.

Of course, that doesn't bring back Jean, but Friday's indictment did bring a little relief to his family. And then there's the element of race: "Guyger is white; Jean was black".

'I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son, ' victim's mother Allison Jean said of Guyger.

His father talked about what a "sweet boy" Jean was, and added, "He didn't deserve that". "She knows that this was a tragic mistake so she's holding up".

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"We presented the evidence and we explained the law".

At a press conference, Johnson praised both the grand jury and investigators from her office for their hard work on the case. She was sacked from the Dallas Police Department on September 24.

Guyger, 30, initially had been arrested on a manslaughter charge, three days after the September 6 fatal shooting of Botham Jean in his own apartment. Critics, including Jean's family, also wondered why it took three days for Guyger to be charged, why she was not taken into custody immediately after the shooting and whether race played a factor in her decision to use deadly force.

"I'm really grateful for the life that he lived", Allison Jean said. It appeared to be based nearly entirely on the officer's account.

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Guyger, 30, had just finished her shift on the night of September 6 when she entered Jean's home and shot him as he watched a late-night football game. Still in her uniform, Guyger parked her vehicle in the complex and walked to what she believed was her apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

"An affidavit for an arrest warrant says the officer found the door ajar at what she thought was her own apartment". 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. "She fired a gun in the direction of a person she knew was standing in front of her". His death was ruled a homicide.

Jean, a 26-year-old man from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, moved to Arkansas with his family when he was young, according to the family's attorney, Lee Merritt. Jean died at Baylor University Medical Center after Guyger made a 911 phone call. She shot a man named Uvaldo Perez on May 12, 2017, while on duty. Perez got out of a auto and became combative with Guyger and another officer. Amber Guyger, the officer who killed Jean, was sacked by Hall following the shooting. She then fired her service revolver twice, hitting Jean once in the torso. Guyger said the man did not follow her commands, reported NBC. On the day of the shooting, Guyger's unit had arrested multiple suspects for armed robbery, he said.

"This is groundbreaking, but it is also just a start", Merritt said.

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