The police officer who shot a man to death kept repeating the same thing in her emergency call.
“I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment,” former Dallas police officer Amanda Guyger said over and over, at least 20 times, in her 911 call.
This the jury heard on day 2 of Guyger’s trial for the murder of her upstairs neighbor, 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, in late 2018 as he sat in his own living room, eating vanilla ice cream on his sofa.
Jurors also saw dramatic body cam footage of first responders arriving, assessing the situation and administering CPR. Later in the day the jury heard from neighbors who had witnessed portions of what transpired. In addition a police detective revealed that Guyger’s bloodwork had shown no drugs or alcohol in her system, The Dallas Morning News reported.
While the 911 recordings had been obtained by WFAA-TV earlier, this was the first time some of the sequestered jurors had heard them, and the first time they have been officially made public.
Building on Monday’s opening statement, prosecutors alleged throughout Tuesday’s testimony that Guyger had broken protocol by shooting, when she should have instead taken cover. They also questioned whether she had attempted to administer first aid to Jean as she claimed.
Prosecutors also said Guyger seemed to be more concerned with the effect on her livelihood and life than she was with the dying man on the floor.
“I’m gonna lose my job,” Guyger said in the 911 call, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I am going to need a supervisor.”
Although arriving officers immediately tried to stanch the bleeding from Jean’s chest, they also allegedly gave Guyger what amounted to preferential treatment that a civilian would not have gotten. Prosecutor Jason Hermus said that Sgt. Breanna Valentine left Guyger alone when she should have been separated from witnesses and the scene, according to CNN. And an official from the Dallas police union took her out of Valentine’s squad car while the investigation was still under way, CNN said.
Officer Michael Lee narrated the video from his body cam, explaining it showed him and partner Kenan Blair encountering Guyger in the hallway outside Jean’s apartment, CNN reported.
The dramatic video showed them dropping to the fallen man and trying to revive him. Jean’s family left the courtroom before the playback, CNN said.
Defense attorneys reiterated their assertion that Guyger was dead tired rather than distracted as she returned to her apartment complex after a 13-hour shift, which capped 40 hours of work in four days.
The defense also contended that the lock on Jean’s door wasn’t properly installed and thus didn’t lock as it should have when the door closed, according to The Dallas Morning News. This meant her key allowed her egress. However the apartment complex’s regional manager said she had not been made aware of issues with Jean’s door.
However the prosecution alleged that there were glaring signs that Guyger was in the wrong apartment, and that she simply wasn’t paying attention, steeped in anticipation of meeting a lover later. Prosecutors also questioned Guyger’s claim that she had attempted to help Jean, noting that the responding officers had found her outside the apartment when they arrived.
“When you listen critically to what she is saying, you are going to hear that she is as concerned or more concerned about how this is going to affect her than this poor guy on the floor next to her,” Hermus told jurors Monday.
On Tuesday, Hermus elaborated, saying that Guyger had been texting her partner officer, who had also been her lover, while speaking with the 911 operator.
“I need you, hurry,” said the texts, according to Hermus, adding that she had deleted some of them in the days after the shooting. “I f---ed up.”