Guyger has said she thought Jean's apartment was her own when she opened his door and shot him, mistaking him for a burglar.
Guyger's defense team has argued that Jean's death was tragic but an innocent mistake, while prosecutors have pointed out what they say are clear signs she should have noticed she was not entering her own apartment. The so-called Castle Doctrine, which is similar to "Stand Your Ground" laws in other states, allows such force to be used "in the protection of a home, vehicle or other property if someone attempts to forcibly enter or remove an individual from the premises", according to the Texas Penal Code. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry". I wish he was the one with the gun who had killed me. Do you think she will be let off? Guyger, is now facing murder charges for Jean's death.
When her lawyer began to question her about what happened at the door of the apartment, Guyger became so emotional the judge called a brief recess for her to regain her composure.
"I feel like a bad person", Guyger said during day five of her murder trial. "I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life". Her defense claims she was distracted by the phone call from a colleague when she mistakenly entered into Jean's apartment thinking it was her own and that she has been working overtime that day. September 9, 2018 - An arrest warrant is issued for Guyger, charging her with manslaughter. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson says she has not ruled out a murder indictment.
The shooting attracted widespread attention because of the odd circumstances and because it was one in a string of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Rivera, she said, typically called her, but she never called him because "I knew it was wrong and I never knew where he was".
She opened the door and saw someone inside in the darkness.
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"I don't remember", she replied.
In contrast to cases like the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Philando Castile in Minnesota, Guyger shot Jean while she was off duty, rather than while responding to a reported crime.
HERMUS: You chose to pull your gun, to level it off and shoot at Mr. Jean. Prosecutors argue that Jean, who had returned home less than 30 minutes before Guyger walked in, was sitting down eating ice cream.
This week, Texas Ranger David Armstrong testified that of the almost 300 residents that investigators interviewed at the complex, almost a quarter of those who lived in the third and fourth floors had previously put their keys in the wrong door. Guyger should have taken cover and called for backup, per protocol, at least one of her fellow officers testified. She was later arrested, fired and charged with murder.
The shooting, one of a series of high-profile killings of unarmed black men and teens by white USA police, sparked street protests, particularly after prosecutors initially moved to charge Guyger with manslaughter, a charge for killing without malice that carries a lesser sentence than murder. The officer said she was in panic and that her mind was racing at that time.
Just before the end of her direct examination by defense attorney Toby Shook, Guyger apologized for killing Jean.