State District Judge Tammy Kemp has allowed prosecutors to admit the gun used in the fatal shooting of Botham Jean into evidence, according to Dallas News.com.
The publication reported that the firearm, bullet casings, photographs and an unspecified “projectile” recovered through Jean’s autopsy were admitted by the Judge during a routine hearing on Monday.
Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger appeared in court for Monday’s hearing ahead of her her trial in the death of 26-year-old Jean next month.
Guyger, 31, was charged with murder in November, several weeks after she fatally shot Jean in his South Side Flats apartment, just south of downtown Dallas in September last year.
Off duty at the time but still in uniform, Guyger claimed she mistook the apartment of the deceased for hers and believed that he was a burglar.
She lived in a unit one floor directly below Jean.
Her murder trial is set to begin on September 23.
CBS DFW News said Guyger’s attorneys will argue that shooting someone because of a mistake does not constitute murder.
Prosecutors and Guyger’s defense attorneys stated they did not plan to make references to Guyger’s employment status during the trial, according to Dallas News.
The publication quoted Justice Kemp as saying that she hoped jury selection — which is set to begin Sept. 6 — will conclude Sept. 13.
The Judge was also quoted as saying that she planned to have four alternate jurors “because we have a good wait until the start of trial, and things happen.”
The fatal shooting of the unarmed Botham Jean in his own apartment sparked widespread international outrage in his native Saint Lucia and in Dallas, where demonstrations were held.
Allison Jean, the mother of the deceased, has demanded justice for her son and is on record as having described the female cop who killed him as ‘the devil.’