The first heart-wrenching photos of Botham Jean's Dallas apartment show the remains of food and materials that the 26-year-old had been reading when he was shot dead last Thursday by a white police officer who claimed he thought the residence was his .
Inside Edition obtained images of the South Side Flats apartment showing a half-eaten bowl of cereal that Jean was eating, as well as The Autobiography of Gucci Mane that he had been reaching.
On a piece of furniture near the sofa, there is a telephone box, a TV remote control and two white sheets of paper. On the sofa, a large pile of pillows and blankets.
On the floor, a slipper belonging to Jean is housed a little under the cushion of the room.
The family's lawyer, Lee Merritt, told Inside Edition that he visited the complex in the hope of finding answers to better understand the motive behind the murder.
Merritt said, however, that "he did not find anything that would provide clarity."
When the Dallas lawyer was asked if he believed agent Amber Guyger knew his black neighbor above, whom he shot, he replied: "Not in the sense that most people think … [not] as a past relationship. "
Guyger stated in his affidavit that Jean's door was already ajar when he entered and then she shot him dead after he ignored the verbal orders.
But the video obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, with the help of a neighbor who lives on the same floor, shows that the doors in the apartment building have uniformly heavy metal fire doors that close automatically if released.
Tragic scenes within the Dallas department of Botham Jean, who was shot dead by a white police officer last Thursday, show leftover food and reading materials
A bowl of half-eaten cereal by Jean and The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is shown.
On the floor, only one flip-flop belonging to Jean is seen near a piece of furniture
On the sofa, a large pile of pillows and blankets are shown in Jean's place
Police officer Amber Guyger shot her black neighbor upstairs at 10 pm last Thursday. She stated that she thought the apartment was his when he entered
South Side Flats apartment complex where Botham Jean and Amber Guyger lived
A door could only be opened if it had been deliberately placed in that way with a door stop.
In addition, as a second video from DailyMail.com shows, Officer Guyger could not have used his key to force Jean's door, whose funeral was held today, despite claiming to have done so in his statement to the Texas Rangers.
At the very least, you would have been warned that you were at the wrong door because the unique electronic encoded keys used in the South Side Flats building flash red if they are inserted into the wrong door.
The neighbor, who lives two doors down from police Amber Guyger, 30, but asked not to be identified, said he did not think the little blonde would have been able to force her way.
Pointing at his own heavy metal door, like Jean's and Guyger's, he said: "These are fire doors. You really can not leave it open.
& # 39; The key situation too: you can not go anywhere, you can not. It is impossible. You can put it but you can not open it.
You can put it in another person's hole but you can not open anything. This key is not programmed for my door; if I put it on, nothing happens other than this red light. "
Jean, 26, was shot dead by agent Guyger in his apartment in South Dallas on Thursday night. Guyger said he entered the department thinking it was his own
The entrance door of apartment 1378, directly below Botham Jean's apartment and identified by the neighbors as the entry door of Amber Guyger. The panel to the left of the door has the apartment number that is illuminated in neon
Botham Jean was gunned down by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who accidentally entered Jean's apartment. -Do not. 1478 – believing it was his, and claims that he thought he was a thief in his apartment – No. 1378. The numbers on the doors are clearly visible and illuminated in neon, placed on one side.
In her statement to the police, a version of which is included in an arrest warrant against Guyger seen by DailyMail.com, the 30-year-old said she had come by chance out of Jean's fourth-floor apartment.
She said she had parked on the fourth floor of the parking lot instead of the third and had gone to open the door of her apartment, assuming it was her own.
The photos obtained by DailyMail.com show that the corridors on both floors look similar, but Jean's apartment had a semicircular red carpet outside, while Guyger's did not.
The numbers of the apartment doors are also clearly visible and illuminated in neon, placed on a panel at the side of the door.
According to Guyger's statement, Jean's door was slightly ajar and it opened when he forced his key into the lock.
Her statement disagrees with the initial reports of the incident and with the statements of the neighbors of Jean family attorney, S. Lee Merritt, who said they heard her beat and shout: "Let me in, let me in."
Botham Jean's funeral was held today at the Church of Christ on Greenville Avenue. Authorities believe that Guyger was confronted by Jean, who pointed his gun at him and fired, but the explanation that she entered his apartment is because it is full of holes.
Jean's devastated family arrives for his funeral at Christ Church on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, Texas
Floral tributes outside Botham Jean's main door in apartment 1478. The bright red carpet should have been a sign that Guyger was not in the right apartment.
Another neighbor, a Costa Rican woman who also asked not to be identified, said: "People say they heard her call and that does not make sense.
"I guess she must have opened the door and seen a black man inside what she thought was her apartment, so she went ahead and shot him."
Once inside, Guyger stated in her statement that she thought Jean was a thief and shot her twice, hitting him once, fatally, in the chest.
The video of the immediate consequences shows her walking down the aisle and screaming, "Oh my God". repeatedly.
Guyger surrendered to the Kaufmann County police on Sunday afternoon, three days after the fatal shooting, and has now been charged with murder and released on $ 300,000 bail.
So far, he has not answered the calls made by DailyMail.com.
DailyMail.com may also reveal that Guyger had made complaints about Jean, 26, to building management in the days leading up to his death.
Her neighbor, a Hispanic man in her 20s, said she had been angry because he made noise early in the morning.
He said: "She filed a noise complaint earlier in the day that said she had been making noise before leaving for her shift."
The family's lawyer, Merritt, confirmed her account in an interview with CNN, telling the channel: "The only connection we could make is that she was his immediate neighbor below.
According to the Texas Ranger affidavit David Armstrong, Guyger inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door's orifice. The door, which was slightly ajar before Guyger's arrival, opened completely under the force of the insertion of the key.
Guyger's reserve record, which was eliminated in less than an hour when he obtained bail, is seen
"And there were complaints from the neighbors on the ground floor about who was up, and that would have been Botham.
"In fact, there were noise complaints that same day about the activity above in the Botham apartment." Botham received a phone call about the noise coming from his apartment from the neighbor on the ground floor.
According to Guyger's neighbor, the walls of the building are soundproofed, while ceilings are not, a possible cause of conflict.
& # 39; We can listen when someone opens the door. You can not really hear anything through the walls, but you can definitely hear when someone knocks or opens the door.
"Sometimes I can listen to the people who are on me from time to time, that's all I hear." All I can think is that I can hear people running but this guy [Jean]He did not seem like the kind of guy who would be running around.
I do not know what the complaint about noise would be: I can not listen to television [from above]I do not hear any of that.
Guyger had been living in the South Side Flats apartment complex for just over a month before the incident.
The block, which contains 288 units on five floors, was built in 2015 and includes a mix of studios and one and two bedroom apartments.
Prices on the block, in the South Side area that is rapidly becoming bourgeois in Dallas, start at $ 945 per month, reaching $ 2,435. The Dallas Police Headquarters on Lamar Street is directly next door.
It is not clear how long Jean, a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, had lived on the block, but both he and Guyger seemed to have good relations with their neighbors.
One told DailyMail.com that Guyger had been "really nice", while another said he seemed to lead a very normal life.
The man said: "He does practically the same as me: go to work, go back home, sit on the balcony and have a cold beer, and that's it."
Another resident on the same floor as Guyger said: "I always said hello and he always answered me, but we did not talk much.
"She was kind enough, but we were always in a hurry when we first met, so I can not say for sure."
It is currently believed that Guyger is staying with his sister Alana in another part of the city, while waiting to know if she will face additional charges.
Jean will be buried on Thursday afternoon, and the funeral will take place at Christ Church on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, Texas.