New information in the case of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger shooting and killing businessperson Botham Jean in his own apartment was revealed yesterday, with the release of a document outlining the items discovered during a search of the victim’s house. The information contained in the document became public on the same day as Jean’s funeral.
The warrant, which the "disgusted" lawyers for the Jean family describe as a "common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings," lists such items as fired cartridge casings, police equipment and 10.4 grams of marijuana, which has become the primary driver of discussion since the information’s release. Pete Schulte, an attorney not connected to the case says the defense will likely bring up the marijuana in trial, because it "could help add some explanation to this crazy case."
An attorney for Jean’s family said that this new information "doesn’t change the story," and that "she claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn't claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity."
Indeed, the only way the presence of marijuana would be relevant to Guyger’s story would be if she, too, had clearly visible marijuana in her residence. Knowing this, it difficult to see the promotion of this fact as anything other than a smear campaign on Jean’s character.
h/t: Fox 4 News
Banner Image: A person carrying a wreath of flowers walks through the parking lot at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ for the funeral service for Botham Shem Jean on September 13, 2018 in Richardson, Texas. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)