Former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, has been indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury for the shooting death of Saint Lucian, Botham Jean, according to reports.
The Dallas Morning News quoted Mesquite police Lt. Stephen Biggs as saying that Guyger turned herself in Friday to be booked on the murder charge.
She quickly posted a $200,000 bond, nearly three months after posting a $300,000 bond on the original manslaughter charge, the publication reported.
Guyger, 30, initially had been arrested on a manslaughter charge, three days after the Sept. 6 fatal shooting of Botham Jean in his own apartment.
She claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder.
The Washington Post reported that according to the Texas Code, a person has committed murder if he or she intentionally or knowingly caused the death of another person or intended to injure someone while committing a dangerous act.
A conviction on a first-degree felony can bring a maximum sentence of 99 years, it noted.
Botham’s Jean’s death at the hands of the Dallas police officer made international headlines and sparked protests in Dallas where he lived, as well as vigils and emotional ceremonies there and in his native Saint Lucia.
CNN quoted Botham’s mother, Allison Jean, as telling a news conference that she is satisfied with the Guyger murder indictment.
The mother explained that Guyger had inflicted “tremendous evil” on her son which he did not deserve.