Amber Guyger killed Botham Shem Jean in his own in Dallas home back on Sept. 6. Her trial, which has been delayed several times, will finally be on Sept. 23 — unless her lawyers find another way to delay it. Disturbing details are coming out about Guyger’s defense. She will maintain that deadly force was justified.
Fox 4 in Dallas reports, a new motion by the state says “the defendant will argue that her use of deadly force was justified as deadly force in self-defense.” However, the state says that argument requires reasonable “belief that would be held by an ordinary and prudent person in the same circumstances.”
Obviously, an ordinary person would not gun someone down if they went to the wrong apartment.
In another case development, former Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is fighting a subpoena to testify at a hearing in the case. Dallas News reports it’s not clear why Johnson’s testimony is needed but she claims to be out of the country the day of the hearing and would like to provide a written statement.
On Sept. 6, Guyger said that following a long day on the job as a Dallas police officer, she implausibly mistook his apartment for her own and, after ordering Jean not to move, shot him twice before realizing the error of her ways. Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean’s door was ajar. Videos posted on social media by neighbors appeared to show that apartment doors in the building shut automatically, which seemed to indicate that Guyger was lying.
In addition to the inconsistencies in her alibis, which have changed several times, Dallas police, of which Guyger was a member for five years before being fired, appeared to be helping to cover up the shooting for their colleague. The department was accused of allowing Guyger enough time to scrub her social media accounts and get her story straight before turning herself in three days after killing Jean. It also gave Guyger enough time to move out of her apartment, which was never searched by police despite five warrants allowing them to do so.
We hope the family of Botham Jean gets justice.