Grand Jury Hears Evidence In Botham Jean Case – Your Black World

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Nov 28, 2018

By: Ryan Velez

Three months after Botham Shem Jean was killed in his own apartment by 30-year-old police officer Amber Guyger, Newsone reports that the grand jury is finally hearing the case. Depending on their decision, Guyger may either be charged with manslaughter, murder, or nothing. reports, “In Texas, manslaughter is considered a reckless act. If Guyger intended to shoot Jean, even if she wrongly thought he was a burglar, murder is the more appropriate charge, Dallas defense attorneys have said… Typically, if the grand jury votes to indict someone on Monday, the results become public on Wednesday. But the district attorney’s office could announce the results sooner because the case has garnered international attention. If the grand jury doesn’t indict Guyger on any charge, the result becomes public the same day.” Attorneys for the Jean family say that they have not been called to testify yet, but are prepared in case that changes.

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Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, has called for murder charges and referred to Guyger as the devil. Rhetoric aside, many people are upset with the Dallas police department for a series of acts that appear to be trying to cover for one of their own rather than getting to the truth. These include never searching her apartment, making claims about Botham Jean to try and paint him in a negative light, as well as jailing protestors.

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Attorney Lee Merritt said, “The fact that there is even a possibility that this officer may not be charged with murder is something that the whole world is looking at.” He continued, “This season has been particularly difficult for the family, given that it is going into the holiday season. It’s been three months since Botham was killed in his own apartment, so they’ve been eagerly anticipating a decision from the grand jury.”

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District Attorney-elect John Creuzot also said he believed murder was an appropriate charge, adding, “I haven’t seen anything, including the probable cause affidavit, that would suggest that it’s a manslaughter case. And so, I think that without knowing it, I think that based on what we know, I think that we should be honest and say the more likely, the appropriate charge is murder.”

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