A former Dallas police officer took the stand Friday and balled her eyes out in front of a packed courtroom.
31-year-old #AmberGuyger is charged with murdering 26-year-old #BothamJean in his own home. Botham was a black man from Saint Lucia and was an accountant in Dallas.
Guyger spoke about the murder for the first time since the incident, which occurred on Sept. 6, 2018. In a recently released video, you can see the ex-cop breaking down in tears multiple times on the witness stand, as she recounted her version of what happened on that tragic day.
Guyger, who was testifying in her own defense, said with a shaky voice, “I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life.” She continued, “I ask God for forgiveness, and I hate myself every single day. I wish he were the one with the gun which had killed me. I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life.”
The facts of the case remain that Guyger, who is white, was returning home to her apartment complex from a 13-and-a-half hour shift. She was off-duty at that point, but still in uniform. She walked to Jean’s 4th-floor apartment, which was directly above hers on the 3rd floor. She found the door unlocked, went in and shot, and killed Jean with her service weapon.
Guyger claimed that she thought Jean was an intruder and claimed that she thought he was going to kill her. She was later arrested, fired and charged with murder.
The prosecution argued on cross-examination that she cared more about herself at that moment than the man she had just shot. They also argued that the ex-cop overlooked numerous indicators that she was in the wrong place.
If convicted, Guyger faces up to life in prison.