Former Dallas Cop Who Fatally Shot Neighbor Testifies in Court

Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger leaves the 204th District Court as the court recessed for the day at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dal

Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger leaves the 204th District Court as the court recessed for the day at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dal

Guyger was still wearing her police uniform but was off duty when she entered Jean's apartment on September 6, 2018 and shot him twice.

Armstrong said it was a reasonable perception for Guyger to believe there was a burglar in her apartment.

The judge briefly halted the proceedings to allow Guyger to compose herself. Overcome with emotion, Guyger breaks down several times on the witness stand, telling the jury, "I'm so sorry". Guyger said she tried to help Jean by doing chest compressions and performing a "sternum rub" to try to keep him conscious. I wish he was the one with the gun who had killed me. So she pulled her gun and shouted, "Let me see your hands!" Guyger was later fired and charged with murder.

Guyger, who is white, tearfullytestified last weekthat she mistook Jean's apartment for her own after a long shift.

During the trial, Guyger explained how she came to open the wrong apartment door and perceived a threat.

Fine says Guyger's claim that she didn't know she was in the wrong apartment is "absurd".

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"I did", was Guyger's response, according to CNN. "I hate that I have to live like this every day of my life". Prosecutors also say Jean was no threat to Guyger, noting that he was in his living room eating a bowl of ice cream when she entered his apartment.

He argued that Jean was coming towards Guyger when she opened fire, not getting off his couch as prosecutors suggested.

The shooting, one of a series of high-profile killings of unarmed black men and teens by white US police officers, sparked street protests, particularly after prosecutors initially moved to charge Guyger with manslaughter, a charge for killing without malice.

Prosecutors, however, say she showed incredible carelessness that night. Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean's door was ajar.

"It started hitting me that this guy, I have no idea who he is, and that's when everything just started to spin", she testified.

"When you shot him twice, you meant to kill him, didn't you?"

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The prosecution rested yesterday after presenting jurors with numerous differences they said Guyger should have spotted along the way to the apartment and once inside, including a bright red doormat and different furniture. But during cross-examination, prosecutors cast doubt on Guyger's grief, wondered why she didn't call for backup instead of confronting Jean and questioned her attempts to save his life.

Earlier this week, Texas Ranger David Armstrong told jurors that almost a quarter of the almost 300 residents who lived in the third and fourth floor of the complex told investigators they had put their own key in the wrong apartment door at some point, CNN reports. Guyger testified that the call was in relation to work.

In addition to the murder charge, the jury will have to determine whether she committed lesser offenses, such as manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.

Fellow defense attorney Robert Rogers focused on the sacrifices Guyger made as a peace officer, describing her as "an ordinary and prudent person who made a mistake".

Hermus advised the jury of 4 males and eight ladies that Guyger missed blatant clues that she was not in her personal condominium - together with the odor of marijuana smoke - as a result of she was distracted after a 16-minute cellphone dialog together with her former police accomplice throughout her commute.

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