Amber Guyger’s legal team is planning to appeal her murder conviction over the death of #BothamJean.
Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the possibility of parole after five years for the murder of Botham Jean. According to Robert Rodgers, one of Guyger’s attorneys, Guyger’s legal team plans to appeal the conviction. A judge sentenced Guyger to 10 years last month, the woman claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and shot him believing he was an intruder.
In the meantime, NBC 5’s media partner KRLD said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot’s contempt hearing is still pending and that Creuzot’s office has filed a petition to have Judge Tammy Kemp replaced for the hearing. NBC 5 reports that Kemp charged the DA with contempt after Creuzot’s held a TV interview about the case despite being under a gag order just days before the trial. The hearing to recuse Kemp will have to be settled before Creuzot’s contempt hearing.
Legal analyst Ed Klein said the filing is a procedural matter that allows up to 90 days to appeal. Klein added that this does not guarantee Guyger’s legal team will file an appeal in the case.
Michael Mowla filed the notice of appeal last week, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday. Her lead trial lawyer said this was a formality in following Texas law. “You have 30 days by statute to file a notice or intent to appeal, so the lawyer that’s handling the appeal filed that just to preserve the right,” Robert Rogers said. “You have to do that.”