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May 26, 2019

Amber Guyger, former Dallas cop who shot unarmed black man in his apartment, indicted for murder

November 30, 2018
Amber Guyger. who shot an unarmed black man in his apartment, has been indicted for murder. (AP)

The now-fired Dallas cop who entered her unarmed black neighbor’s apartment and shot him to death has been indicted for murder.

Amber Guyger was originally charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Shem Jean, who was 26.

Guyger, 30, claims that she went into Jean’s apartment after mistaking it for her own after a long shift at work, then fired at him because she thought he was an intruder. She was canned from the Dallas Police Dept. after the fatal shooting.

The move to change the charge from manslaughter to murder came after the newly elected Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot pushed for it.

“I think that murder would be the most appropriate charge under the circumstances,” Creuzot, who takes office in January, told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA. “But I don’t know everything.”

If convicted of murder, Guyger faces five years to life behind bars. A manslaughter conviction in Texas carries a two- to 20-year sentence.

Jean’s family has also been pushing for a murder charge. In a lawsuit against the city of Dallas and the police department, his family claims that Guyger has a history of violence and used excessive force against Jean the night he was killed.

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