“Botham Jean was never a threat to Amber Guyger — never,” Jason Hermus, a prosecutor for Dallas County, advised jurors throughout closing arguments on Monday. “Justice needs to happen in this courtroom today.”
Ms. Guyger testified that she was returning residence from a protracted day of work when she by accident parked on the improper flooring of the complicated’s storage. As Ms. Guyger walked down the fourth-floor hallway, she stated, she didn’t discover that something was amiss, together with the purple doormat exterior Mr. Jean’s door.
The door strike plate was faulty and never absolutely latched closed, in line with the protection, permitting Ms. Guyger to enter utilizing her personal keys.
When Ms. Guyger noticed somebody inside, she stated, she drew her gun and shouted, “Let me see your hands.” She testified that Mr. Jean was strolling towards her and shouting “Hey” when she fired her weapon twice, placing Mr. Jean as soon as within the torso and killing him.
“I was scared he was going to kill me,” she advised jurors when she took the stand final week.
Her testimony conflicted with prosecution witnesses, together with neighbors who stated they didn’t hear verbal instructions and a medical expert, who testified that the bullet had a downward trajectory, indicating that Mr. Jean was both getting up from a seated place or was “in a cowering position” when he was shot.
Toby Shook, a lawyer for Ms. Guyger, requested the jury to think about that she had made a mistake, one which was widespread in an house complicated the place many residents interviewed by investigators stated that they had parked on the improper flooring by chance.
“A wonderful human being has lost his life,” Mr. Shook stated of Mr. Jean in closing arguments. “But the evidence shows it is just a tragedy — a horrible, horrible tragedy.”