Evidence against Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed PwC Associate Botham Jean in his apartment on Sept. 6, was finally being heard by a Dallas County jury this morning, the Dallas News reported.
The Jean family’s attorneys, Lee Merritt and Daryl K. Washington, told reporters on Monday that the family was in Dallas in case they were called upon to testify before the grand jury. Merritt and Washington said they’d be surprised if the grand jury heard evidence beyond Wednesday, the article stated.
Jean, a 26-year-old risk assurance associate in PwC’s Dallas office, was fatally shot in his South Side Flats apartment by Guyger, who had just gotten off shift and told authorities that she mistook his apartment for hers. She believed her apartment was being burglarized.
Guyger, 30, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Sept. 9. She was released on $300,000 bond.
The Dallas Police Department fired Guyger on Sept. 24 for engaging in adverse conduct. She had worked at the department for nearly five years.
The grand jury could indict Guyger for manslaughter, or it could decide murder is the appropriate charge, the article stated. There’s also a chance, albeit small, that Guyger could face no charges in Jean’s death.
The Dallas News added:
In Texas, manslaughter is considered a reckless act. If Guyger intended to shoot Jean, even if she wrongly thought he was a burglar, murder is the more appropriate charge, Dallas defense attorneys have said.
Typically, if the grand jury votes to indict someone on Monday, the results become public on Wednesday. But the district attorney’s office could announce the results sooner because the case has garnered international attention. If the grand jury doesn’t indict Guyger on any charge, the result becomes public the same day.
We’ll keep you updated once the grand jury makes its decision.
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