Disgraced Texas cop Amber Guyger is set to argue in an appeals court next month why her conviction for shooting a man in his apartment should be tossed.
Guyger was convicted for murdering Botham Jean in his apartment in 2018. Guyger, a white Dallas police officer, entered Botham’s apartment. She said she assumed it was her apartment. She was returning from a 13 ½ hour shift, according to ABC News.
She fatally shot Jean, a black man, in the chest as he ate ice cream on his couch. She stated that she thought he was a burglar.
The case drew national headlines as one of several instances of violence by white police against black individuals that were thrust into the spotlight.
Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter in the case and was released on $300,000 bond, ABC News reported. She was convicted after a trial and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
She appealed her conviction and her lawyers claim that there was not enough evidence to support a murder conviction, according to FOX4.
The appeals court set an April 27 hearing for lawyers to make their oral arguments over her appeals. The hearing will be held on Zoom, and each attorney will have 20 minutes to present their case, according to court documents. A three-justice panel will preside over the hearing.
Appeals courts, by design, can often become contentious between judges and lawyers as attorneys are quizzed about the law. It typically will take weeks, if not months, for an appeals panel to issue a decision/
The defense has argued that Guyger should only face the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide, which is punished by only 180 days to two years in prison.