"I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life", Guyger cried as she testified in her own defense.
Amber Guyger, the ex-Dallas police officer charged with killing a 26-year-old man in his own apartment while she was off duty, took the stand Friday morning as the first witness to be called in her defense.
During opening statements on Monday, prosecutors said Guyger was distracted by a sexually explicit conversation she was having with her partner on the police force.
"I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life and I ask God for forgiveness, and I hate myself every single day". She adds, "I wish he was the one with the gun that killed me". Overcome with emotion, Guyger breaks down several times on the witness stand, telling the jury, "I'm so sorry". This is not about hate. She said she was on her apartment building's garage and parked. "The sound of gunshots did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but their impact was of nuclear proportions", Jean's uncle, Ignatius Jean, who traveled from Saint Lucia, tells mourners.
A jury considering charges against a former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her upstairs neighbor in his apartment has paused deliberation.
Guyger testified that upon returning home in-uniform after a long shift that night, she put her key into what she thought was her door lock and the door opened because it hadn't been fully closed.
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Guyger testified she drew her service weapon and shouted, "Let me see your hands!"
"So without talking about the case, I was sent an email talking about the recent death of an assistant D.A.in my office, who committed suicide", Creuzot said Friday at a panel about criminal justice. September 9, 2018 - An arrest warrant is issued for Guyger, charging her with manslaughter. She said he yelled, "Hey! Hey!"
"[Jean] has the right to shoot that person under the Castle Doctrine, not the other way around", Fine said.
Hermus sharply questioned Guyger about why she carried out almost no emergency procedures to attempt to save Jean, and why in her panicked name to 911 simply after the capturing she by no means mentioned she thought Jean had a weapon or that she had been scared for her life.
Question: "When you pulled that trigger, you meant to kill Mr. Jean?"
One of Amber Guyger's lawyers opened by asking about her childhood in the Dallas suburb of Arlington.
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Fine tried to focus the jurors' attention on Jean, who he said was sitting on his couch, about to enjoy a quiet night watching TV when Guyger burst into his apartment with "guns blazing".
Guyger was reminded that she took an 8-hour deescalation training course five months before the shooting. Not only did she miss myriad signs that she was on the wrong floor, Fine said, but she missed signs that Jean posed no threat.
"Those facts are undisputed, and now this jury will make a determination whether or not his life mattered".
The jury may additionally discover her not responsible, or responsible of the lesser crimes of manslaughter or criminally negligent murder.
Her defense called the shooting a "tragic, but innocent" mistake and has argued she was reasonable in believing Jean was a burglar when she entered his apartment, a floor above hers.
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