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Trial of cop who killed black man in home to stay in Dallas

6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Monday, September 16 2019 Sep 16, 2019 September 16, 2019 3:44 PM September 16, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DALLAS (AP) - The murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor inside his apartment will be held in the city.

State District Judge Tammy Kemp on Monday rejected a motion from Amber Guyger's lawyers seeking to move her trial for the killing of Botham Jean to another county.

Kemp's decision follows the selection of 12 jurors and four alternates. Guyger's defense argued media coverage of the high-profile case tainted the jury pool. Prosecutors said the jurors could be fair.

Prosecutor Doug Gladden said 15 of those picked had not formed an opinion of the case and the other can set it aside.

Guyger killed Jean in the apartment building where they lived last September. She said she mistook his unit for her own and mistook him for a burglar. She was later fired.

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