Texas officer who shot neighbor indicted for murder

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"But we didn't file this case. but we did what we had to to get this case ready for the grand jury".

Inside, the apartment "was almost completely dark", Guyger told investigators, adding that when she saw Jean she assumed he was a burglar.

"It is such a hard thing to go through", said Betrum Jean, Botham's father.

Chief Hall was previously criticized for waiting more than two weeks to fire Guyger.

She says the agency remains "committed to improving our relationships throughout the city". In September, she was released on a $300,000 bond when the charge was manslaughter. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison.

Before the grand jury decision was handed down, Jean's family's attorney Lee Merritt asserted that he was hoping for a murder indictment. But Johnson said at the time that the grand jury could upgrade the charge, which it did Friday. "Once the grand jury heard this case, they did return an indictment for murder", Johnson said.

"I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son", Allison Jean said.

Guyger called 911 and, when asked where she was, returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. Dallas County DA Faith Johnson commented on the change of the original manslaughter charges. "We were determined to present to the grand jury all of the facts and explain to them the law".

Guyger has since been fired from the department.

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An ex-Dallas police officer accused of killing an unarmed man in his apartment has been indicted on a murder charge, officials said Friday.

Attorneys for Jean's family said the affidavit contradicts neighbors' accounts of what happened.

After her shift ended, Guyger told police, she drove home and parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex's garage.

Jean's has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas. He was a graduate of Arkansas' Harding University, his family told CNN.

According to the Morning News, Guyger is believed to be only the second Dallas police officer to be indicted for murder in at least 45 years.

Shortly after Friday's indictment, Guyger turned herself into the Mesquite jail.

Prosecutors argue the defendant should be held responsible for fatally shooting the victim at his apartment on September 6. He was from the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia. He didn't deserve it, he was seated in his own apartment, he felt safe in that apartment, and he was violated by her coming in and murdering him.

Guyger was firstly placed on administrative leave after shooting Jean but was dropped days later, with the Dallas police chief citing her actions the night of the shooting and afterward.

Jean's killing thrust Dallas into the national conversation on the intersection of race and law enforcement, a dialogue revived by the high-profile trials of officers charged with murder in police shootings.