Case against of­fi­cer who killed neigh­bor to go to grand jury

Ripon Bulletin - - Nation -

DAL­LAS (AP) — The case against a white Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cer who shot and killed a black neigh­bor will be pre­sented to a grand jury, which could de­cide on more se­ri­ous charges than man­slaugh­ter, the dis­trict at­tor­ney said Mon­day as an af­fi­davit pro­vided a fuller de­scrip­tion of the of­fi­cer’s ac­count.

Lawyers for the vic­tim’s fam­ily ques­tioned why it took three days for Am­ber Guyger to be charged and why she was so quick to use deadly force in her en­counter with 26-yearold Botham Jean, who lived in the apart­ment di­rectly above hers. She told au­thor­i­ties she mis­took the neigh­bor’s unit for her own.

An ar­rest af­fi­davit pre­pared by a Texas Ranger was re­leased Mon­day, pro­vid­ing a nar­ra­tive of what hap­pened. It ap­peared to be based al­most en­tirely on the of­fi­cer’s ac­count.

Guyger told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she had just ended a 15-hour shift Thurs­day when she re­turned in uni­form to the South Side Flats apart­ment com­plex. She parked on the fourth floor, in­stead of the third, where she lived, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, pos­si­bly sug­gest­ing that she was con­fused or dis­ori­ented.

When she put her key in the apart­ment door, which was un­locked and slightly ajar, it opened, the af­fi­davit said. In­side, the lights were off, and she saw a fig­ure in the dark­ness that cast a large sil­hou­ette across the room, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cer’s ac­count.

The of­fi­cer told po­lice that she con­cluded her apart­ment was be­ing bur­glar­ized and gave ver­bal com­mands to the fig­ure, which ig­nored them. She then drew her weapon and fired twice, the af­fi­davit said.

She called 911 and, when asked where she was, re­turned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Au­thor­i­ties have not re­leased any 911 tapes re­lated to the shoot­ing.

The Dal­las County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice said Jean died of a gun­shot wound to the chest. His death was ruled a homi­cide. The of­fi­cer was ar­rested Sun­day night and booked into jail in neigh­bor­ing Kauf­man County be­fore be­ing re­leased on bond.

At­tor­neys for Jean’s fam­ily said the af­fi­davit con­tra­dicts neigh­bors’ ac­counts of what hap­pened. One of the lawyers, Ben­jamin Crump, said the af­fi­davit “is very self­serv­ing.” The other, Lee Mer­ritt, said the doc­u­ment is an at­tempt to “con­done what hap­pened, give her a break.”

Mer­ritt said at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day evening that two in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses have told him they heard knock­ing on the door in the hall­way be­fore the shoot­ing.

He said one wit­ness re­ported hear­ing a woman’s voice say­ing, “Let me in! Let me in!” Then they heard gun­shots, af­ter which one wit­ness said she heard a man’s voice say, “Oh my God! Why did you do that?”

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