UPDATE 10/2/2019: Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been found guilty of murder. It took a jury less than 24 hours of deliberation to decide on their verdict.
Guyger was indicted after shooting Botham Jean in September 2018, after she came home from work. Jean lived in an apartment one floor above her. She testified that she mistakenly got off on the wrong floor and thought he was an intruder in her apartment.
She faces up to life in prison.
Jurors had the option of finding her guilty of manslaughter, a lesser offense, but went for murder instead.
Her trial began on September 23, and drew coverage from around the world.
The jury heard testimony from her former partner, Martin Rivera, with whom she was having a relationship and whom she was sexting the night of the shooting; and from other residents of the building where he lived, stating that the layout could be confusing.
Guyger's testimony was dramatic, involving sobbing and breakdowns. She stated that she was afraid and was defending herself, but that she did intend to kill Jean.
Ben Crump, an attorney for the family of Botham Jean, issued the following statement:
“Nothing will bring Botham back, but today his family has found some measure of justice. What happened on September 6, 2018, is clear to everyone: This officer saw a black man and shot, without reason and without justification. The jury’s thoughtful verdict sets a powerful precedent for future cases, telling law enforcement officers that they cannot hide behind the badge but instead will face justice for their wrongful actions.”