Jurors mulling the innocence of Amber Guyger briefly returned to court Saturday morning before breaking for the weekend in the murder trial of the former Dallas police officer, who fatally shot her neighbor last year.
The defense spent just two hours presenting its case during day six of Guyger’s trial in the murder of Botham Jean. The 26-year-old accountant was watching television in his Southside Apartment unit the night of Sept. 6, 2018 before he was gunned down by the 31-year-old officer.
“I thought it was my apartment!” Guyger can be heard repeatedly telling 911 dispatchers in audio played for the court earlier this week.
Jurors listened to about five minutes of testimony Saturday morning from Texas Ranger David Armstrong, who discussed how a person may experience tunnel vision when “confronted with a quickly evolving, tense, dynamic confrontation with a suspect,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
He additionally testified that the white shorts Jean had been wearing at the time were without pockets, prompting lead prosecutor Jason Hermus to suggest Jean’s hands would have been visible from the moment Guyger opened his front door.
The trial’s pause comes a day after Guyger broke down on the witness stand, saying that she would forever regret shooting her upstairs neighbor, which she has maintained was accidental.
The ex-cop was fresh off a 13-hour shift and still wearing her uniform when she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment – located exactly one floor above her unit – thinking it was her own. She then fired off two shots at Jean, under the impression that he was a burglar.
Guyger testified Friday that she was terrified when she spotted a figure moving about in the residence, which, in the end, she said, prompted her lethal action.
It wasn’t until Jean was already down and on the ground that she started to take in her surroundings. An ottoman at the center of floor was the first thing that suggested she might have been in the wrong unit and the fact that the television was on confirmed it, Guyger testified.
“No police officer would ever want to hurt an innocent person. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” she said dissolving into tears. “I feel like a terrible person.”
The prosecution has meanwhile argued that Jean never even had the chance to approach Guyger as she claimed, but contended instead that he was seated or even lying down on the couch at the time he was killed.