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Trial set for former Dallas officer in murder case

A trial for the former Dallas police officer who was charged with murder in the September 6 killing of her unarmed black neighbor has been set for August.


Amber Guyger has been charged with murder in connection to the 2018 shooting death of Botham Jean. According to court records, the trial will begin Aug. 12.

Guyger and her attorneys made a brief appearance at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas Monday morning for an "announcement hearing" --  which is more or less an opportunity for defense attorneys to meet with prosecutors in private to discuss possible evidence or any other matters related to the case.

Because a gag order is in place, they could not comment on what was discussed. The judge presiding over the case, however, indicated in open court that she would meet with them to get a trial date on the calendar.

Guyger is accused of shooting and killing Jean in his own home in September 2018. She claims she mistook his apartment for her's (she lived in the same complex) and thought he was an intruder. He was unarmed.

Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge, but a Dallas County grand jury returned an indictment for murder after it reviewed the evidence.

Court documents related to the case that could prove to be crucial, including how many hours of overtime Guyger worked in the month, weeks and the exact day of the fatal shooting.

On Sept. 6, 2018, Dallas police records show Guyger worked nearly 14 hours, including being approved to work more than five hours of overtime. That day she began working at 8 a.m. and was to end her shift at 4 p.m. However, Guyger requested and was approved to work until 9:45 p.m. that night.

The last place she was reported to have been working was the jail. Leading up to the day of the shooting, Guyger's approved overtime was for between one and four hours of work on a given day.