DALLAS – A Texas courtroom is scheduled to listen to arguments Tuesday on overturning the conviction of a former Dallas police officer who was sentenced to jail for fatally taking pictures her neighbor in his dwelling.
An legal professional for Amber Guyger and prosecutors are set to conflict earlier than an appeals courtroom over whether or not the proof was enough to show that her 2018 taking pictures of Botham Jean was homicide.
The listening to earlier than a panel of judges will look at a Dallas County jury’s 2019 resolution to condemn Guyger to 10 years in jail for homicide. It comes as a jury’s discovering that a former Minneapolis police officer was responsible of murdering George Floyd has once more targeted nationwide consideration on police killing individuals of coloration.
Greater than two years earlier than Floyd’s demise set off protests throughout the nation, Guyger’s killing of Jean drew nationwide consideration due to the unusual circumstances and since it was one in a string of shootings of unarmed Black males by White cops.
The fundamental information of the case weren’t in dispute. Guyger, returning dwelling from a protracted shift, mistook Jean’s condo for her personal, which was on the ground straight under his. Discovering the door ajar, she entered and shot him, later testifying that she thought he was a burglar.
Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, had been consuming a bowl of ice cream earlier than Guyger fired. She was later fired from the Dallas Police Division.
The enchantment from Guyger, now 32, hangs on the competition that her mistaking Jean’s condo for her personal was affordable and, due to this fact, so too was the taking pictures. Her legal professionals have requested the appeals courtroom to acquit her of homicide or to substitute in a conviction for criminally negligent murder, which carries a lesser sentence.
In courtroom filings, Dallas County prosecutors countered that Guyger’s error does not negate “her culpable psychological state.” They wrote, “homicide is a result-oriented offense.”