The murder trial for a Guyger who shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed black man in his Dallas apartment is set for opening arguments Monday Sept. 23, 2019.
In the interview, Creuzot spoke about how observers were "misinterpreting" the facts of the case and how murder was the appropriate charge for Guyger. She said she's always gotten along well with white people.
The outcome may hang on whether the jury believes that Guyger's mistake was reasonable, according to legal experts.
The district attorney's office reexamined the case after the protests and a grand jury in late November indicted the former police officer on murder https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-shooting/dallas-police-officer-who-shot-man-in-his-own-home-charged-with-murder-idUSKCN1NZ2SD, with the maximum punishment being life in prison.
She told investigators at the time that she accidentally entered Jean's apartment thinking it was her own, and that she believed Jean was an intruder.
She made her way to apartment 1478, inserted her electronic door key, and the door-which was slightly ajar before her arrival-opened, cops said.
"Jean had an enthusiasm for life that was contagious", the complaint said. She walked into the dark apartment and saw a man inside. As Guyger said in her 911 call right after the shooting, she thought she had entered her apartment directly below Jean's.
"I always thought that if I did right that the police brutality wouldn't come my way", she continued, tears welling in her eyes.
Amber Guyger arrives in court for the final day of jury selection
Jean was a native of St. Lucia who worked in Dallas for an accounting and consulting firm.
In contrast to high-profile cases like the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, Guyger shot Jean, a PwC accountant, while she was off duty, rather than while responding to a reported crime.
He said if the judge refuses to instruct the jury on the Castle Doctrine, Guyger is likely to be convicted.
During pretrial proceedings, prosecutors and defense attorneys clashed over whether those messages should be entered into evidence.
Calls to Guyger's defense attorney were not returned.
Jury selection began earlier this month, one year to the date of the slaying of Jean, who was an up-and-coming associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.
A prosecutor said Amber Guyger's cellphone messages on the day that she shot and killed Botham Jean included sexually explicit exchanges with her partner from the Dallas Police Department. His family there went to his elementary school to donate school supplies and award scholarships to two children, according to CNN.
Family members told CNN they are praying for a conviction. I mean, we're there now, virtually.
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