Defense attorney Toby Shook measures the height of a keyhole as fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger stand against the courtroom wall as she testifies in her murder trial in Dallas on September 27, 2019. Guyger, who lived below Jean, maintains that she thought she was in her apartment and assumed that he was an intruder.
"I just wanted to help people, and that was the one career that I thought I could help people in", said Guyger, who was sacked from the police force after the shooting.
Amber Guyger, right, and Botham Jean.
"That's not true", she said. "Their perception of her in that moment - might be even more important than what they're perception of her is in the courtroom at council table".
"I was by myself with someone I had just shot", she said, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Shook went over much of the evidence presented during the trial as he framed Guyger's actions as "a series of frightful mistakes". The 31-year-old Guyger has said she feared for her life.
The capturing, certainly one of a sequence of high-profile killings of unarmed black males and teenagers by white US law enforcement officials, sparked avenue protests, significantly after prosecutors initially moved to cost Guyger with manslaughter, a cost for killing with out malice. She couldn't see the person's hands.
Guyger is on trial for murder in connection with the death. "Let me see your hands!" She walked to Jean's 4th-floor apartment, which was directly above hers on the 3rd floor.
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Guyger, who is white, was off duty but in uniform when she shot Jean, a 26-year-old native of St Lucia who was black and worked as an accountant in Dallas.
"I was scared whoever was inside of my apartment was going to kill me, and I'm sorry", Guyger said in a shaky voice.
Earlier in the week, three of Jean's neighbors testified that they did not hear anyone yell any commands like "Let me see your hands" before they heard the two shots Guyger took at Jean. Her defense characterized the the shooting as "tragic, but innocent", and she was physically shaking on the witness stand after describing the moments before entering the apartment that night. Instead, she chose to become the aggressor, he said.
Prosecutors have questioned how Guyger could have missed numerous signs that she was in the wrong place, and suggested she was distracted by sexually explicit phone messages with her police partner.
The argument being that she was so exhausted after working a 14-hour day that she mistakenly parked on the wrong level of the apartment building's parking structure, mistakenly walked down the wrong hallway, and mistakenly attempted to turn her key in the wrong door-a door adorned with a red floor mat that she did not own. She replied that going through the doorway with her gun drawn "was the only option that went through my head". They were on the phone as she parked in the garage at home that night, she testified.
Guyger's defense attorneys insisted that the state had failed to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and said prosecutors were trying to strike an emotional chord with the jury.
S. Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys, said it "could be days" before the jury decides.
Earlier this week, Texas Ranger David Armstrong told jurors that almost a quarter of the almost 300 residents who lived in the third and fourth floor of the complex told investigators they had put their own key in the wrong apartment door at some point, CNN reports.