The judge in the murder trial of a white Dallas policeman who fatally shot her black neighbor in his house obstructed the lead private investigator from informing jurors Wednesday that he didn’t believe the shooting was a criminal offense.
David Armstrong of the Texas Department of Public Safety affirmed for a second day in Amber Guyger’s murder trial, but jurors weren’t present when he shared his viewpoint that her actions were sensible. Guyger has actually said she misinterpreted Botham Jean’s apartment for her own.
” I believe that she did perceive him as a deadly threat,” Armstrong stated while being questioned by the defense on the trial’s 3rd day.
District Judge Tammy Kemp ruled that the jury couldn’t hear the Texas Ranger’s viewpoint of the reasonableness of Guyger’s actions. Last September, Armstrong signed an affidavit supporting Guyger’s arrest for manslaughter.
Guyger, 31, was off responsibility however in uniform when she shot Jean, 26, a local of the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia who worked as an accountant in Dallas. A grand jury later charged her with murder.
Prosecutors have actually said Guyger should have seen she was on the incorrect floor while Guyger’s attorneys have actually argued that she fired in self-defense based upon the mistaken belief that Jean was a burglar.
She has said she parked on the fourth floor of the complex’s garage rather than the third floor, where she lived. She then went to Jean’s house– located straight above hers.
His door wasn’t locked, defense lawyers say. District attorneys say that when Guyger went into the apartment or condo, the unarmed Jean was in his living-room eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
In a frantic 911 call played in court Tuesday, Guyger, who was later fired from the force, states “I believed it was my apartment” nearly 20 times.
In the jury’s existence, Armstrong testified Wednesday that going to the wrong home prevailed at the complex, especially on Guyger’s and Jean’s floorings. Armstrong, who also testified Tuesday, states that even he had trouble identifying which flooring he was on while examining the shooting.
” There were no clear obvious indications revealing what level you were on,” he affirmed.
Testimony was initially delayed Wednesday after Kemp informed attorneys a female juror had a “expert relationship” with Armstrong. The juror was questioned in private about the matter, and testimony soon continued.