On Tuesday, a jury found former officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder for the fatal shooting of her neighbor Botham Jean.
According to NBC News, she faces a maximum of life in prison. After a week-long trial, deliberations began Monday afternoon as jurors were faced with deciding if Amber, “acted reasonably when she used deadly force, and if the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that she intentionally killed Jean or if a lesser charge of manslaughter, which involves reckless conduct, was warranted.”
During the trial, the 911 call that Amber placed following the shooting was played, as well as the bodycam footage from the responding officers.
If you remember, Amber killed Botham last year on September 6th after she walked into his apartment after she had mistaken it for her apartment. She had come home after a 13 ½ hour shift and parked on the fourth floor, and it turns out she lived on the third floor.
Prosecutors say Botham was watching television and eating ice cream when Amber burst into his apartment before striking him in the chest.
While on the stand, Amber said, “I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life. I’m so sorry. This is not about hate — it’s about being scared.”
As we previously reported, a judge had ruled that the jury in the murder trial could consider a law similar to “Stand Your Ground” during deliberations.
The Judge also ruled that jurors could consider manslaughter when sentencing Guyger. Assistant District Attorney Jason Fine said in closing arguments on Monday that Guyger was “an intruder” in Botham Jean’s home.