Amber Guyger's tearful testimony in which she apologized for shooting her black neighbor after entering his apartment would, according to her prosecutors, & # 39; garbage & # 39; and & # 39; absurd & # 39; to be.
The 31-year-old is on trial after she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in September last year when she was out of service with the Dallas police.
During closing arguments on Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Jason Fine said Guyger was an & # 39; intruder & # 39; was in Jean's apartment.
He said Guyger should have known that she was in the wrong apartment after she claimed that she had taken Jean's apartment for herself after a 13.5 hour shift.
The public prosecutor made a copy of Guyger's testimony for jury members and described her claims as & # 39; absurd & # 39; and waste & # 39 ;.
Amber Guyger, a fired Dallas police officer, is on trial for the fatal shooting of her 26-year-old Botham Jean last year after she said she accidentally entered his apartment and thought it was her own
& # 39; It's not a mistake. It is a series of unreasonable decisions, & Fine said, adding that Guyger did not think that day as a & # 39; reasonable person & # 39 ;.
In her testimony on Friday, Guyger broke into tears as she entered the gallery and apologized for killing her neighbor.
Her testimony was the first time the public heard directly from her since Jean's murder.
Guyger ran after the moment she arrived at the wrong apartment and thought it was her own during her testimony.
She said that she had put her key in the apartment lock and opened the door because it was not completely closed.
Guyger said she immediately pulled her gun because she thought there was someone in her house. She testified that she & # 39; terrified & # 39; was when she opened the door completely and saw a silhouette figure standing in the darkness.
Guyger shed tears as she went to the stands during the trial and apologized for killing her neighbor
With her heavy duty vest, lunch bag and her backpack in her left arm, Guyger showed jurors how she entered the apartment the night of the shooting (right). Under cross-examination, prosecutor Jason Hermus asked Guyger to point the gun at him as she did the night of the shooting during her murder trial (left)
Photos taken by a crime scene site were shown during the Guyger trial on Wednesday. The analyst testified that this photo showed that Guyger had tied a Taser and pepper spray to her tool belt when she shot Jean
She told the jury she was yelling at Jean: & # 39; Let me see your hands, let me see your hands & # 39 ;.
Guyger explained that she could not see his hands and that he came to her on a & # 39; fast & # 39; walk and with an & # 39; aggressive voice & # 39; hey, hey, hey screamed.
She said she had fired her gun twice.
& # 39; I was afraid he would kill me, & # 39; she said.
She said she intended to kill him when she pulled the trigger because she was trained as a police officer for that.
During her testimony, she told about police training aimed at mastering suspects and the importance of seeing their hands, which struck when she saw Jean.
When asked how she felt about killing an innocent man, she said with tears: “No policeman would ever want to hurt an innocent person.
The interior of Jean's apartment can be seen in this photo taken after the shooting on September 6
Guyger was shown (left) in police camera footage (played for the jury during her murder case on Tuesday) when the first respondents arrived in the apartment in Dallas where she shot her neighbor Botham Jean last year
Guyger was captured on the cam of an officer standing on her phone in the hallway outside, while resuscitation was given to Jean inside, according to prosecutors
& # 39; I feel terrible. I feel a piece of cr **. I hate having to live with this every day of my life. I feel that I don't deserve the opportunity to be with my family and friends.
& # 39; I wish he was the one with the gun and killed me. I never wanted to take the life of an innocent person. Sorry. This is not about hate, it's about being scared that night. & # 39;
Guyger was out of service, but was still in uniform when she shot Jean & 39 in his house on September 6, 2018.
She told the researchers that after a 13.5-hour shift, she parked on the fourth floor of her apartment complex's garage – instead of the third floor where she lived – and found the door of the apartment ajar.
Believing she was in her own apartment and seeing a silhouette of a character who did not respond to verbal orders, Guyger said she had fired two shots at Jean who killed him.
Attorneys argued during the trial that Guyger should have noticed that she was on the wrong floor, while her lawyers said she was shooting in self-defense based on the false belief that Jean was a burglar.
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