Not Hearing It: Texas’s Highest Court Denies Ex-officer Amber Guyger’s Third Request for Appeal After She Murdered Botham Jean


Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced to ten years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old Black accountant and Harding University alumnus.

Guyger was denied two appeals last August and November, claiming there was insufficient evidence of murder. According to the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, the state’s highest criminal court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, denied her appeal for the murder conviction for the third time last Wednesday.

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Guyger claimed in September 2018 that she believed she had entered her own home, one floor down from where she had entered Jean’s apartment. Guyger’s attorneys claimed she shot and killed Jean in his own apartment, believing he was an intruder, in self-defense.

In 2019, she was tried and sentenced to a prison in Gatesville, Texas, where she will serve her sentence.

After the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas in Dallas upheld the conviction in the summer of 2021, she appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, which ruled that the self-defense argument does not fit the circumstances of Jean’s death under criminal law.

This prompted the killer cop to file a third appeal with the state’s highest court.

Judges Kevin Yeary and Michelle Slaughter were the only ones to file a dissent after seven of the nine judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals voted to deny her petition for discretionary review.

According to the Dallas Morning News, if Guyger is allowed to bring her request to the Court of Criminal Appeals, she will “consider and finally resolve” the terms of her sentencing. She has exhausted all options for reversing her sentence after this third request.

“We are pleased that the sentence is finalised at this point and will be carried out according to the law,” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said in a statement.


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Creuzot’s office stated at the time of the original appeal, “When you shoot an unarmed man in the chest while he’s sitting on his couch eating ice cream, that’s murder regardless of where you think you are when you do it.”

Guyger is currently incarcerated at Coryell County’s Mountain View Unit. In 2024, she will be eligible for parole.

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