Prosecutors: Ex-cop can get fair murder trial in Dallas

1 year 4 weeks 11 hours ago Thursday, July 11 2019 Jul 11, 2019 July 11, 2019 11:09 AM July 11, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - Prosecutors have objected to a former Dallas police officer's request to change the location of her upcoming murder trial for fatally shooting a neighbor in his own apartment.

A lawyer for the Dallas County District Attorney's office filed an objection Wednesday to moving Amber Guyger's trial for the killing of Botham Jean to another county. The response came two days after Guyger's attorneys argued in a court filing that "prejudicial" media coverage makes it impossible to find an unbiased jury in Dallas County.

Prosecutors contend that the 30-year-old Guyger can get a fair trial in Dallas County. They have asked the court to hold a hearing on whether the case's publicity has contaminated the potential jury pool and to delay ruling on the relocation request until after potential jurors are questioned.

The trial is scheduled to begin in September.

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