| Crime |

Fired DPD Cop Amber Guyger Appears Before Judge for First Time After Jean Killing

WFAA-TV released Amber Guyger's 911 call on April 29.
WFAA-TV released Amber Guyger's 911 call on April 29.
Harding University and Kaufman County
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

State District Judge Tammy Kemp pushed attorneys from both sides of the Botham Jean case about the release of the 911 call made by former Dallas cop Amber Guyger shortly after she shot and killed Jean on Sept. 6. Kemp, who's issued a gag order in the case, said that she was "dismayed to find out the 911 call had been leaked to the media," according to reporters in the courtroom for Guyger's first appearance in front of the judge.

Dallas County prosecutors and Guyger's defense team told Kemp that they weren't behind the release of the 911 tape. No one they talked to about the leaked tape admitted releasing it either, they said.

Guyger shot Jean in his apartment late on a Thursday night. She told a 911 operator that she entered the 26-year-old's apartment believing it was her own, saw Jean, believed he'd broken in, and shot him. A Dallas County grand jury indicted Guyger on murder charges in November.

An attorney representing Jean's family told reporters after Thursday's hearing that they believe the 911 tape was leaked in order to influence potential jurors in the case.

"We want this case to be tried in Dallas County," Daryl Washington said. "The frustrating part right now is, we feel that strategically, people are leaking this type of information now, a couple of months before the trial, for the mere purpose of trying to taint the jury pool."

Both sides agreed with Kemp to set the first day of jury selection in the case for Sept. 6, the one-year mark since the shooting. Testimony in the case is set to begin on Sept. 23, barring a delay.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.