(DALLAS MORNING NEWS) — A Dallas County jury convicted fired officer Amber Guyger of murder for fatally shooting Botham Jean in his apartment last year.
Cheers broke out in the hallway outside the courtroom after the ‘guilty’ verdict was announced.
Jurors will now resume deliberating to decide Guyger’s punishment.
Guyger, 31, fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment last year and has said she mistook his apartment for her own and thought Jean was a burglar.
Jurors began deliberating Monday after the prosecution and Guyger’s defense presented closing arguments.
Guyger’s defense team urged the jury to think “coolly and calmly” about the case, which they cast as a tragic mistake. They have said Guyger made a “series of horrible mistakes” that led to her shooting Jean out of fear for her life.
But the prosecution said arguments of self-defense don’t apply to Guyger because Jean was not a threat. They said Guyger had other options besides killing Jean and that she acted unreasonably by failing to notice she wasn’t at her apartment.