A Dallas police officer broke her silence Friday about the night she killed a young accountant who lived in the apartment right above her, telling jurors that she has to live with the guilt every day and that she wished their roles were reversed.
The prosecutor said Jean posed no threat and was in his living room eating a bowl of ice cream when Guyger entered his apartment.
The prosecutor also noted that no neighbors who testified heard her alleged loud commands to Jean to show her his hands before she, by her own admission, shot to kill.
Closing arguments began the day after what would've been Botham Jean's 28th birthday. The officer acknowledged that she may have carried out that - and that Jean would nonetheless be alive as we speak if she had. "Their perception of her in that moment - might be even more important than what they're perception of her is in the courtroom at council table". She said Rivera had never been to her apartment.
Defense attorney Toby Shook said in closing arguments Monday that Amber Guyger's shooting of Botham Jean a year ago was the result of "a series of frightful mistakes".
Despite her theatrical death wish pronouncement, Guyger and her defense team are still fighting to save her from life in prison.
The capturing, certainly one of a sequence of high-profile killings of unarmed black males and teenagers by white US law enforcement officials, sparked avenue protests, significantly after prosecutors initially moved to cost Guyger with manslaughter, a cost for killing with out malice. She said she opened the door and saw a "silhouette" approaching her.
Under questioning, Guyger said she did some CPR, but added that her training had been limited and that she "had never tried it on a person" before.
Guyger spoke about the murder for the first time since the incident, which occurred on September 6, 2018. The off-duty police officer, who was still wearing her uniform, quickly shouted, "Let me see your hands!"
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Struggling to maintain her composure about an hour into the testimony as talk turned to the shooting itself, Guyger was asked to re-enact what transpired as she walked down the hallway of the apartment complex and ultimately entered Jean's apartment.
It wasn't until after she shot Jean, Guyger said, that she looked around and realized she wasn't in her apartment.
"I was scared whoever was inside of my apartment was going to kill me, and I'm sorry", Guyger said through tears. She found the door unlocked, went in and shot, and killed Jean with her service weapon. But she said she couldn't see the person's hands and he began coming toward her at a "fast-paced" walk.
Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was initially charged with manslaughter three days after the shooting. Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus asked Guyger.
The prosecutor additionally pressed Guyger on why she merely didn't select to not enter the condominium she thought was her personal if she felt her life was in peril. She recounted wanting to become an officer at age 6.
Civil attorneys for Jean's family said they believe the verdict should be "nothing less than murder".
Shook told jurors: "The law recognizes that mistakes can be made".
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean's family, said the evidence proved Guyger is guilty and that the jury will have to weigh whether Jean's life mattered.