Amber Guyger Cop-Killer of Botham Jean Appeals Murder Conviction

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Merritt: "After admitting her crime and asking Botham Jean's family for mercy-- Guyger's actions in filing this appeal reflect someone who is not repentant."
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Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his house on September 6, 2018, is appealing her murder conviction.

Guyger's defense team is arguing that since Guyger thought she was in her house when she killed Jean that her murder conviction should be overturned. The lawyers are arguing for a lesser charge of negligent homicide and a new sentencing hearing.

In their appeal, the lawyers argue that "her mistaken belief negated the culpability for murder because although she intentionally and knowingly caused Jean's death, she had the right to act in deadly force in self-defense since her belief that deadly force was immediately necessary was reasonable under the circumstances."

Jean's family lawyer S. Lee Merritt issued a statement expressing their disappointment with Guyger's appeal: 

"After admitting her crime and asking Botham Jean's family for mercy-- Guyger's actions in filing this appeal reflect someone who is not repentant but instead was hoping to play on the families sympathies at the time that they were most vulnerable."

Merritt also said the appeal alleges Guyger "should have been allowed to murder Botham in 'self-defense'" because she thought she was inside her own apartment. But, "the jury was instructed on self-defense prior to deliberations and they properly rejected the defense and found Guyger guilty of murder one."

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