Dallas cop who fatally shot Botham Jean makes a court appearance; sticks to gag order

The former Dallas police officer who shot and killed her neighbor, claming she thought he was an intruder in her apartment, continued the process leading up to her expected trial

Botham Jean thegrio.com
Amber Guyger Mugshot [Kaufman County Jail] | Botham Shem Jean [Facebook]

The fired Dallas cop who shot and killed Botham Shem Jean in his apartment last year, made a court appearance  on Tuesday, The Daily Mail reports.

READ MORE: ‘I love my wife but I can’t let her take away my life!’: B. Smith’s husband responds to critics

Flanked by her attorneys, Amber Guyger, 30, appeared at the Dallas Criminal Courthouse but State District Judge Tammy Kemp did not conduct a hearing in the courtroom for Guyger’s ‘announcement’ setting. No word on what attorneys discussed during the appearance, The Dallas Morning News reported. Neither Guyger or her attorneys commented as they left the hearing, obeying a judge’s order not to publicly discuss the case.

Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a 15-hour shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex. She parked on the fourth floor, instead of the third, where she lived, according to the affidavit, possibly suggesting that she was confused or disoriented.

When she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, the affidavit said. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.

She claims she shot Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, thinking he was an intruder in her apartment.

READ MORE: Kamala Harris calls attack on Jussie Smollett ‘modern-day lynching’

A Texas grand jury indicted Guyger for murder in the shooting death of Jean in September. Jurors had the option to indict Guyger for murder or manslaughter or to decline an indictment.

Guyger, who was a Dallas police officer at the time of the shooting, was arrested and charged with manslaughter three days after she shot and killed unarmed Botham Jean in his apartment. She was also eventually fired.

In an effort to ensure a fair trial for Guyger, earlier this month a judge blocked attorneys from publicly sharing details about the murder case, the Morning News reports.

Kemp met with Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus and Guyger’s attorneys, Robert Rogers and Toby Shook, to hand down the gag order.

The judge made the decision “as a result of statements made to, and published by, the press a serious and imminent threat to the constitutional right of the defendant herein to a fair trial exists,” according to local station KXAS-TV.

READ MORE: Family of Botham Jean files suit against ex-Dallas cop