Amber Guyger murder trial, Dallas officers testify on Amber Guyger CPR efforts.
Prosecutors in the murder trial of ex-Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger focused on a series of text exchanges she shared with her partner at the time, whom she had been having a sexual relationship with, to question her defense that she was fatigued from work on the night she fatally shot her neighbor.
The testimony of her former partner, Officer Martin Rivera, capped the end of the first day of Guyger’s murder trial on Monday, when prosecutors revealed the pair had sent sexually explicit messages to each other throughout the day and just before she shot her neighbor, Botham Jean, on Sept. 6, 2018.
Guyger walked into Jean’s apartment by mistake on a different floor, confusing his unit for hers, she has said, and shot him believing he was a burglar.
In his testimony, Rivera said he would send Guyger, 31, provocative photos of himself.
Lead prosecutor Jason Hermus said that the pair was texting each other hours before the shooting, including one message in which Guyger said she was “super horny today.”
Hermus said that at about 9:30 p.m., as Guyger finished her 13-1/2-hour shift, she sent Rivera a Snapchat message that read, “Wanna touch?”
Details of that night continued with other testimony in a Dallas courtroom Tuesday, including from the 911 operator who took a call from Guyger and a police officer’s bodycam video of inside Jean’s apartment as officers tried to render life-saving aid.
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Jean was alive when officers and paramedics arrived, but did not communicate, an officer who was at the scene testified.
While Guyger first called 911, she was not seen in the subsequent bodycam video helping Jean.
Earbuds were found next to Jean, suggesting he may have had them on at the time.
Guyger has previously told investigators she saw a “large silhouette” in the dark apartment. The bodycam video showed that Jean’s TV and laptop were on that night, emitting light.
Guyger’s toxicology reports taken on the night of the shooting came back negative for drugs or alcohol, a detective testified.
A detective who tested both Guyger’s and Jean’s key fobs to enter his apartment found Guyger’s key made the lock flash red, meaning it didn’t work, while Jean’s key made the lock flash green.
Neither the prosecution nor the defense disputes that just before 10 p.m., Guyger parked on the wrong floor of her apartment complex, walked to Jean’s apartment and then opened fire with her service weapon on the 26-year-old accountant. She told investigators she thought he was an intruder.
Guyger was still in her uniform at the time. She has said she tried to use her electronic key fob to enter the apartment, but was able to push open the door.
While the defense has argued she made a tragic mistake — one without any criminal intent — after a long day of work, prosecutors laid out that she was instead distracted.