Dallas Cop could face stiffer charge for killing Botham Jean

(CNN)  A Dallas police officer stands charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a manshe mistakenly thought was in her apartment, but a prosecutor would not rule out a more serious charge Monday.

“The grand jury will be that entity that will make the final decision in terms of the charge or charges that will come out of this case,” Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson told reporters. “We prepare to present a thorough case to the grand jury of Dallas County, so that the right decision can be made in this case.”
Amber Guyger, who is white, was off-duty when she shot Botham Shem Jean, a black man, in his apartment, police said Thursday. Guyger told police she thought she was entering her own apartment but was on the wrong floor. Upon encountering Jean, she thought her home was being burglarized and opened fire, according to police.
Botham, a 26-year-old native of St. Lucia, was unarmed. He died at a hospital.
Guyger was released from the Kaufman County Jail on Sunday evening after posting a $300,000 bond.
Despite appearing alongside Johnson at her news conference, Jean’s family appeared minutes later at a separate news conference with St. Lucia’s prime minister and three attorneys. There, they told reporters that they felt Johnson and other officials had not been forthcoming with information about Botham Shem Jean’s death.
“The No. 1 answer that I want is: What happened?” said Allison Jean, Botham’s mother. “I’ve been told there are no answers yet.”
Attorney S. Lee Merritt said the family has not been satisfied with the information coming out of the district attorney’s office. Nor were they pleased it took three days to charge Guyger when, in Merritt’s view, the officer’s admission she shot him was sufficient to merit an arrest on manslaughter charges, he said.
“The promise of transparency to this family has been a blank check,” Merritt said.
Among the answers Merritt said the family is demanding are details of Guyger’s training and supervision, whether she was disoriented when she walked into the apartment and why she was unable to discern that she wasn’t in her own apartment.
Answers won’t be coming from a body-worn camera, Merritt told reporters, because he understands that department policy requires officers leave their bodycams at the station after clocking out for the day.
“A female Dallas police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended — she was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. Jean inside the apartment,” Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall said Thursday.
The police chief said it’s unclear what “the interaction was between her and the victim. Then at some point she fired her weapon striking the victim.”
The officer called 911 and officers “responded in about four minutes,” Hall said.
The fatal shooting happened Thursday night at the South Side Flats in Dallas, where both Jean and Guyger lived.
Guyger, 30, is a four-year veteran of the department, assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney.
Guyger was involved in another shooting incident in May 2017, Dallas police said.
n that case, Guyger was attempting to identify a woman in a car when another passenger in the vehicle got out and took her taser. Guyger shot and injured the suspect, according to the department’s statement. The suspect was later charged with taking a weapon from an officer, possession of meth and marijuana, and a parole violation

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