Grand jury: Dallas officer's shooting of neighbour was murder

On Friday former Dallas cop Amber Gugyer left was indicted on murder charges in the death of her neighbor Botham Jean right

The former Dallas Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in his own apartment after allegedly mistaking it for her own was charged with murder Friday, according to NBC News.

After hearing more evidence Friday, a grand jury chose to indict Guyger on the more serious charge of murder. Allison, his mother, said her country "has been on alert with the expectation that the grand jury will have returned with an indictment of murder". So from the very start, I knew that she murdered him and I was not satisfied at the manslaughter charge.

Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter, which is punishable up to 20 years of prison.

A former police officer in Dallas, in the southwestern US state of Texas, was charged Friday with murder in the shooting death of her unarmed black neighbor. She was sacked from the Dallas Police Department on September 24.

Guyger, 30, was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge, three days after the September 6 shooting death of Botham Jean.

This is a awful tragedy that resulted from a true mistake.

Guyger was booked into the Mesquite Jail on Friday afternoon before being released on a $200,000 bond. According to Guyger's arrest warrant affidavit, she lived in Apartment 1378 of the South Side Flats complex near Dallas Police Department headquarters in the Cedars. She noticed that Jean's door was slightly ajar and entered his premises by mistake where he appeared in the darkness, police said.

Johnson also spoke about why it took her office two months to bring the case in front of a grand jury.

Above the apartment building where Jean was shot dead in September

Jean died at the hospital and his mother, Allison Jean, a former senior public servant in St. Lucia, said her son had moved to Dallas to work at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Within days of the manslaughter charge, Johnson pledged to convene a grand jury to more fully examine the shooting.

Dallas' police chief says all personnel in her department continue to feel "anguish" over the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old black man inside his own apartment by a white off-duty officer.

Guyger, 30, was still wearing her police uniform when she arrived home at the South Side Flats on the night of September 6 after working a full shift.

Bertrum Jean said, "We want to give thanks first to the DA's office for the work that they put in to ensure this result today".

She claims she didn't know that she was in the wrong apartment until she turned the lights on to try and call 911. She has since been fired from the department. He had worked for the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm in Dallas since graduating.

This Sept. 21, 2017, file photo provided by Harding University in Search, Ark., shows Botham Jean leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas.

"There are witnesses who said that before the gunshots, they heard the officer knocking at the door and repeatedly saying, 'Let me in, '" Merritt told the Washington Post.

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