Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger feared for her life when she shot dead Botham Jean, Defence Attorney Robert Rogers has told the jury in the murder trial.
ABC News quoted Rogers as saying Guyger feared for her life and felt she had to use lethal force to defend herself.
“She reacts like any police officer would who has a gun when confronting a burglary suspect,” Rogers said, according to the US Television network.
The Prosecution had asserted that Guyger made a series of ‘unreasonable errors’ that resulted in the death of Botham Jean.
The former cop has claimed that she mistook his apartment for hers and believed he was a burglar.
Defence Attorney Rogers Rogers told the jury that Guyger was keenly aware that residents of her apartment complex had experienced recent break-ins and car burglaries.
He described the apartment complex where both Guyger and Jean lived as a confusing place.
He painted the picture of Guyger entering Jean’s apartment and seeing the figure of a large individual inside coming toward her, yelling, “Hey! Hey!’ and drowning out her orders for him to show her his hands, ABC News reported.
But in his opening argument, Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus declared that Guyger failed to do what she was trained as a police officer to do if confronted by someone she suspected was a burglar: Retreat, take cover and call for back-up.
“No opportunity for de-escalation, no opportunity for him to surrender. Bang, bang. Rapid,” Hermus was quoted as telling the jury.
He described Botham Jean as a wonderful, decent man.
CNN quoted Hermus as saying that Guyger made a 911 call in which she repeatedly said she thought she was in her own apartment and never indicated that Jean posed any threat, but the call also demonstrates that her foremost concern was not helping the man she’d just shot.
The trial continues and is expected to last two weeks.