DALLAS – A grand jury has returned an indictment for murder against former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger. You may recall she was arrested in September after the fatal shooting of her neighbor.
The police department said she was returning home when she entered her neighbor’s apartment resulting in a confrontation where she’s accused of shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean.
At the time of the shooting she was in uniform and returning from a work shift. According to police, she later told investigators she must have gotten off the elevator at the wrong floor, but at the time thought she was facing an intruder in her own apartment.
Guyger served in DPD for four years before her arrest on a manslaughter charge.
In Texas, a murder charge carries a life sentence compared to a 20-year sentence for the original charge of manslaughter.
Jean’s family has already filed a lawsuit against Guyger. She was fired in the days after the shooting as more evidence became available to higher-ups.