Guyger faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the slaying. The state's lawyers called her defense "garbage" and "absurd". Demonstrators rallied outside the Dallas police headquarters and city hall. "I have to live with this every single day", Guyger told the jury of eight women and four men. But the prosecution argued Guyger was distracted because she had been exchanging explicit text messages with her police partner, with whom she had a sexual relationship, and missed numerous signs indicating she was in the wrong place.
"I shot an innocent man", she said during her testimony, the first time the public had heard from her since the shooting. Her lawyers said she was in uniform and had just finished a 13-hour workday when she opened Jean's door. It turned out she was at the apartment directly above hers - which belonged to Botham Jean, who was black - and she thought Jean was an intruder.
Prosecutors also argued that she didn't render aid or perform CPR, but Guyger said that she performed first aid on Jean. The figure moved toward her in a "fast-paced walk", and she could not see the person's hands, she testified. Had she done that, Guyger was asked, might Jean be alive today? "You don't, as the jurors in this case, decide this case on emotion and sympathy", defense attorney Toby Shook said, addressing the jury.
In cross-examination, Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus asked her: "When you shot him twice, you meant to kill him, didn't you?"
Guyger parked on what she believed to be the third floor of her apartment building's garage, but she had actually parked on the building's fourth floor, where Jean lived directly above her. Guyger said that her mind was racing and she was on the phone with the 911 operator.
By her own admission, she was shooting to kill. The two had had an affair, but they had broken it off, she said. Given her lack of criminal record and lack of criminal intent in this case, I'd expect the judge to go light, perhaps more in line with a manslaughter verdict. Jean allegedly failed to comply with Guyger's order, making her "fear for her life" and fatally shoot Jean. Guyger sat motionless once Judge Tammy Kemp announced the conviction.
The jury wasn't in the courtroom.
The Court will take a long lunch break, and then comes the punishment phase, wherein Jean's family will get a chance to speak.
Even beyond the wrong apartment farce, forensics showed that Jean was sitting or just getting up when he was shot. I'd like to think that maybe they were actually able to put themselves in the position of Botham Jean, instead of putting themselves in the position of his cop assailant.
Jean's parents, Allison and Bertrum Jean, bent over in their seats and looked at the courtroom floor.
"This is a huge victory, not only for the family of Botham Jean, but this is a victory for black people in America".
But, the jury didn't let her walk. For months, she had been dreading and preparing for moments like this.
Daryl Washington, an attorney for Jean's family, said Tuesday that the judge told the jurors to rely on the guidance they were given Monday after closing arguments.
"I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".
Throughout the trial, Botham Jean's family wore variations of the color red, his favorite color.