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post #66 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2018, 03:00 PM
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Re: Cop forgets where she lives, shoots & kills someone

The plot keeps thickening, fairly predictably. The arrest affidavit for the at-the-time off-duty Dallas cop who killed Botham Jean completely contradicts the search warrant for his apartment. The Dallas police are saying that the evidence gathered at the scene of the crime establishes that Jean was across the room when he was shot.

The arrest affidavit was issued on Monday and it states that Amber Guyger's apartment is directly below Botham's.

Texas Ranger Officer David L. Armstrong based the affidavit on what was stated by Guyger. According to the affidavit, she "inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger's arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion." As the affidavit continues, the door of the apartment being opened purportedly alerted Jean to Guyger's presence. Continuing, the affidavit states that Guyger drew her weapon and quickly "gave verbal commands that were ignored by (Jean)," at which point she fired two shots.

The affidavit contradicts the September 7 search warrant which was signed by Judge Brandon Birmingham. According to the Dallas Morning News a police officer has relayed the information that the search warrant was written before Guyger's interview, from which the affidavit was formed.

The search warrants reads, "An off-duty Dallas Police Officer, who was wearing a full Dallas Police uniform, was attempting to enter apartment number 1478, with a set of keys... An unknown male, inside the apartment, confronted the officer at the door. A neighbor stated he heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by at least two gunshots."

So whereas the arrest warrant pointedly contends that Jean was "across the room," the search warrant states that he and Guyger confronted one another at his door.

The local news is reporting that the pieces of evidence gathered at the crime scene supported Guyger's account that Jean was across the room when he was shot.

One perspicuous query is why did Guyger tell the police that she had to go and check the apartment number if she had never entered the dwelling, which was what she posited after being arrested, per the affidavit.

Quite the imbroglio.

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