Officer accused of killing man in wrong apartment indicted for murder

Amber Guyger and Botham Shem Jean

Modal Trigger Amber Guyger and Botham Shem Jean AP

An attorney for a former Dallas police officer says he isn't surprised by the murder indictment of his client given the political pressure surrounding the case. According to the arrest affidavit, Guyger claimed Jean ignored "verbal commands" before she shot him.

Rogers argued that emotion was injected into the grand jury process, particularly because Jean's mother testified. After a week of reviewing the evidence, however, the grand jury upped the stakes. He says "it's time to work towards getting her a fair trial".

She was arrested on September 9, three days after the incident and according to the arrest warrant, Guyger said it was dark, she saw a figure she did not recognize and believed "she had encountered a burglar".

Botham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017.

Chief Hall was previously criticized for waiting more than two weeks to fire Guyger.

"We have more work to do and we remain committed to improving our relationships throughout the city", Hall said.

Guyger had already been arrested again and released on bond, Johnson said at the news conference. Johnson also said her office interviewed 300 witnesses. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Allison Jean also said that the unusually long grand jury process was nerve-wracking but she found comfort in the thorough presentation by the DA's office. She quickly posted a $200,000 bond, almost three months after posting a $300,000 bond for the original manslaughter charge.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson told reporters Friday that the charges were upgraded from manslaughter because "at the moment of the shooting it was a knowing... offense".

Allison Jean said she hopes a proper penalty will cause Guyger to reflect on what she has done and the pain she has caused.

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Guyger then gave Jean CPR and called 911.

Incoming Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot previously said the defendant should've been charged with murder off the bat.

"We did a full, complete presentation to the grand jury", she said.

Guyger has since been fired from the department. She told police she thought she was in her own apartment.

Jean's parents met with Johnson in October to discuss the investigation.

At the time of the shooting, Guyer was returning home from a 12-hour shift, still wearing her Dallas police uniform. Jean's family has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive force. He attended college in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas for accounting and consulting firm PwC.

Public backlash also targeted the Dallas Police Department for waiting nearly three weeks to fire Guyger.

She was sacked after her arrest on September 9. He was from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

Meanwhile, neither Guyger or her lawyer could not be immediately contacted for comment.

Jean's death ignited outrage in Dallas and around the country as questions about Guyger's version of events piled up and officials didn't take her into custody for days after the shooting.

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