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.