The initial decision to charge Guyger with manslaughter wasn't up to Dallas County, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said.
A prosecutor says a former Dallas police officer indicted on a murder charge for fatally shooting a black man after mistaking his apartment for her own has turned herself in. Jean lived on the fourth floor of the apartment complex, while Guyger lived directly below him on the third floor.
Upon arriving at the building, Guyger said she went to the wrong floor and walked to the apartment she thought was hers. After wrapping up a shift on September 6, Guyger went home - to the wrong home - and killed Jean.
Johnson also repeatedly pointed out that it was the Texas Rangers" call, as the agency leading the investigation into the shooting, to file the manslaughter charge at the time of Guyger's arrest, even though she said her office believed it was a murder case "all along'.
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall emailed a statement to CBS 11 News that said in part, "Every person in the Dallas Police Department continues to feel anguish about this hard and tragic event that occurred on September 6, 2018".
"Amber Guyger felt she was in her apartment", he added.
"From the very start, I knew she murdered him, and I was not satisfied with the manslaughter charge", Jean said.
Ex-Dallas Police Officer Charged with Murder
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a statement after the announcement in which he said the indictment was "another step on the long path toward justice for Botham".
On the day of the shooting, Guyger's unit had arrested multiple suspects for armed robbery, he said.
The grand jury Friday handed down an indictment to Amber Guyger, 30, who was arrested almost three months ago and charged with manslaughter.
"I'm really grateful for the life that he lived", Allison Jean said.
Following Friday's news conference, Jean's parents spoke to reporters, expressing their satisfaction with the outcome of the grand jury's vote, reported Dallas News.
Lee Merritt, an attorney retained by Jean's family, alleged at a news conference days after the shooting that Guyger's version of events conflict with what he had learned about the altercation. According to reports, Guyger found the door "ajar" but entered, only to find a "large silhouette" in a rather dark room. He said Jean's mother testified before the grand jury, which he described as highly unusual. "The Jean family's loss can not be restored to them, but we will continue to work to ensure that police officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in the Dallas community and across the state of Texas".
"You see, the one person who can not speak is Botham", Jean's mother, Allison Jean, told reporters at WFAA.
Jean grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia before attending college in Arkansas. She has since been fired from the department and Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas.
We hope Botham Jean gets justice.