Amber Guyger took the stand in her own defense on Friday and offered a sob-filled testimony about what happened the night she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean. Moments after the shooting, Guyger realizes she is in the wrong apartment.
"I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life", Guyger sobbed about her experience since she killed 26-year-old Botham Jean on September 6, 2018.
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. If convicted, Guyger faces up to life in prison. The prosecution's assertion that she did not follow police protocol is also moot because she was off-duty and believed she was walking into her own apartment at the time, Shook said. "It's about being scared at night". She testified the levels of the parking garage were not clearly marked. She said Rivera had never been to her apartment.
"I can't tell you why", Guyger said.
The choose briefly halted the proceedings to permit Guyger to compose herself.
She raised her voice in the courtroom to repeat what she said next.
At no point during her 911 call or her initial conversations with fellow cops did she say she feared for her life or think Jean had a weapon.
He asked a few moments later, "Can you imagine what that man felt?"
GUYGER: I feel like a piece of crap.
"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". The 31-year-old Guyger has said she feared for her life.
Guyger, who was sacked from her job after the shooting, said she meant to kill Jean when she fired her gun, believing he was a threat. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry".
Closing arguments in Amber Guyger's trial for killing Botham Jean in September 2018 finished Monday, and jurors are considering the case. But her apparent emotion did little to sway the prosecutor in the case who questioned why her focus wasn't on performing CPR on Jean.
Still, she found time to text her partner - directly after the shooting and even sending sexual messages days later, Hermus said.
"Your moral code puts sex off-limits, but everything else is fair game?"
"I didn't say (he was coming toward me) but I know he did", Guyger said. Two months later, she was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge. Guyger testified that the decision was in relation to work.
Prosecutors said Jean, who grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, was unarmed and eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream in his living room when Guyger killed him.
The capturing, certainly one of a sequence of high-profile killings of unarmed black males and teenagers by white USA law enforcement officials, sparked avenue protests, significantly after prosecutors initially moved to cost Guyger with manslaughter, a cost for killing with out malice. 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.
"(Using lethal force) was the only option that went through my head", Guyger said.
She says she was on the wrong floor of her apartment complex and entered in John's apartment by mistake.