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Guyger Found Guilty of Murder

Posted at 10:55 AM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 11:55:02-04

According to NBC affliate KXAS, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger is guilty of murder in the deadly 2018 shooting of Botham Jean, a Dallas County jury ruled Monday.

A Dallas County jury has carried over deliberations in the Amber Guyger murder trial to a second day.

The jury started deliberations around 1 p.m. on Monday after the defense rested.

Judge Tammy Kemp instructed the jury Monday that they must decide if shooting Botham Jean was reasonable under the circumstances or, if not, decide whether she's guilty of murder or manslaughter.

The red "jury call" light illuminated shortly after deliberations resumed Tuesday, indicating the jury sought attention from the court.

According to attorneys for the Botham Jean family, the jury had two questions for the court. One concerned the definition of manslaughter, and the second was a request for more information about Castle Doctrine.

Those circumstances, according to Guyger's own testimony, occurred when she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment instead of her own in September 2018 and took him for an intruder who posed a threat to her life.

The jury was instructed by Kemp that they must first consider the murder charge and that then if they do not find Guyger guilty of that charge they can consider the included offense of manslaughter. Kemp added that if members of the jury are torn on whether they should find Guyger guilty of murder or manslaughter, they should resolve that conflict in the defendant's favor by finding her guilty of the lesser charge.

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