Amber Guyger Testifies That Her Intention Was to Kill

Amber Guyger Testifies That Her Intention Was to Kill

A former Dallas police officer on trial for shooting her neighbor after entering the wrong apartment said she fired the fatal shots because she was afraid for her life.

September 26, 2019 - Guyger testifies in her own defense, telling the jury of the moment she came face-to-face with Jean after opening the wrong apartment door.

Guyger, 31, repeatedly apologized for killing Jean as she spoke publicly for the first time about the events of that night.

Hermus sharply questioned Guyger about why she performed virtually no emergency procedures to try to save Jean, and why in her panicked call to 911 just after the shooting she never said she thought Jean had a weapon or that she had been scared for her life.

She was worn out after working 40 hours in four days and was on "autopilot" when she parked on the wrong floor in the garage where the floors are not clearly marked, defense attorney Robert Rogers said in opening statements on Monday.

Texas Ranger David Armstrong testified that about a quarter of the 300 residents that investigators had interviewed at Guyger's apartment complex said they had previously put their keys in the wrong door.

"It's not a mistake".

"This case is about what is reasonable and what is absurd", Assistant District Attorney Jason Fine said in a closing statement after a week-long trial. She informed the court of her deep remorse about fatally - and she maintains accidentally - shooting Jean in his apartment near downtown Dallas on September 6, 2018. But she told Hermus that all she could think about was going inside and confronting the person she thought was an intruder.

It's already known that Guyger entered Jean's apartment. As she entered the apartment she heard someone inside and saw a "large silhouette" in the almost completely darkened apartment that she thought was a burglar.

Guyger said she exchanged flirtatious texts the day of the shooting with Rivera.

Hermus, during cross-examination, suggested Guyger had other options besides shooting Jean, like calling for backup.

She testified that Jean began to approach her, saying, "Hey, hey hey!" in what she believed was an aggressive tone before she fired the two shots that killed him.

"For Amber Guyger, Mr. Jean was dead before that door ever opened", Hermus said.

The capturing, certainly one of a sequence of high-profile killings of unarmed black males and teenagers by white USA law enforcement officials, sparked avenue protests, significantly after prosecutors initially moved to cost Guyger with manslaughter, a cost for killing with out malice.

Guyger admitted she later deleted the text exchanges, which she said she usually did.

The silhouetted figure moved toward her in a "fast-paced walk", she said.

"I knew it was morally wrong", said Guyger.

The jury could also find her not guilty, or guilty of the lesser crimes of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

Throughout the encounter, Guyger said, she followed her training, from the commands she said she shouted at Jean to the two shots, or "double-tap" she fired at him.

Speaking of the jurors, family attorney Lee Merritt told reporters Monday, "What they take back to that jury room, in our opinion, is the decision of the value of black life".

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