‘Relief’ For Allison Jean As Texas Court Upholds Amber Guyger Murder Conviction

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The Texas state appeals court has upheld a murder conviction against ex-Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, in the fatal shooting of Saint Lucia national, Botham Jean, in his apartment in 2018 prompting expressions of relief from the family of the deceased.

Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, told St Lucia Times that the ruling provides a sense of relief, because the appeal occurred in April and since then the family had been awaiting the decision of the court.

“Although we witnessed the presentation made by (Amber) Guyger’s attorney and we thought, based on the judges’ reaction, that it appeared to be lame, we still did not want to create any expectation in out mind that it would have been overturned,” Mrs. Jean explained.

“Today’s decision just brought about that relief for my family and we’re hoping that Amber Guyger does not go on much further in seeking other appeals, because I know she has the right to do that, but just the anxiety and the continued grief that comes with these things, we really hope it would not continue,” she explained.

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On September 6, 2018, then off-duty Dallas Police Department patrol officer Amber Guyger entered the apartment of the 26-year-old Botham Jean and fatally shot him, claiming that she mistook his apartment for hers and believed Jean was a burglar.

She  was found guilty of murder on October 1, 2019, and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

But Guyger’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal requesting a new trial.

They alleged that insufficient evidence existed to convict her of murder and sought either an acquittal, or a reduction in charge to criminally negligent homicide with a new hearing for sentencing on the reduced charge.

However, in its ruling, the three-judge panel said there was sufficient evidence to support the murder verdict, since it was ‘undisputed’ that Guyger intended to kill Jean because that’s what she testified in court.

Headline photo: (L to R) Amber Guyger, Allison Jean and Botham Jean 

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