A US former police officer who shot dead her St. Lucian neighbour inside his own apartment in Dallas has been found guilty of murder.
Amber Guyger, 31, argued she killed Botham Jean, 26, after mistakenly thinking she was in her own flat and that he was an intruder.
The verdict comes after a tense seven-day trial in which Guyger admitted: “I shot an innocent man.”
The four-year police veteran is facing a possible life sentence in prison.
Cheers broke out as the verdict was announced. Guyger slumped down at the defence table and wept.
Victim was eating ice cream when he was shot
Guyger’s lawyers argued she was distracted by sexually suggestive texts with another police officer and had just completed a nearly 14 hour shift when she made “a series of horrible mistakes” on the night of 6 September 2018.
Prosecutors accused her of bursting into Jean’s apartment “commando-style” and firing at him while he was eating a bowl of ice cream on his sofa.