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Dallas cop testifies at her murder trial in neighbor's death

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 27 2019 Sep 27, 2019 September 27, 2019 8:05 AM September 27, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - A white former Dallas police officer has taken the witness stand in her murder trial for shooting her unarmed, black neighbor in his apartment.

Amber Guyger's testimony Friday will mark the first time the public has heard directly from the 31-year-old since she shot Botham Jean last September.

Guyger's attorneys have called Jean's killing a "tragic, but innocent" mistake. They say she fired in self-defense after confusing his apartment with her own and mistaking the 26-year-old accountant from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for a burglar.

Prosecutors have questioned how Guyger could have missed numerous signs that she was at the wrong apartment, and suggested she was distracted by sexually explicit phone messages with her police partner.

Gugyer, who was off duty but in uniform at the time, was later fired from the force.

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