Amber Guyger's Gun, Shell Casings Appear In Final Pretrial Hearing

The Amber Guyger murder trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 23 in Dallas County

The final pretrial hearing ahead of jury selection for the murder trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger wrapped up Monday. 

Guyger, 31, was just feet from prosecutors as they entered into evidence her sidearm, along with its magazine and a "projectile" recovered from 26-year-old Botham Jean's body during an autopsy. 

Also entered into evidence were more than 100 photographs taken by the Dallas Police Department. 

Guyger is accused of fatally shooting Botham Jean inside his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger claimed she mistook his apartment for hers — she lived in the same complex, though on a different floor — and thought he was an intruder. He was unarmed.

Guyger was charged with manslaughter three days after the shooting, before a grand jury heard evidence and opted to instead indict her on a murder charge.

On Monday, Judge Tammy Kemp said she expects jury selection to begin Sept. 6 and wrap up by Sept. 13. She said she has not yet decided on whether to sequester the jury. 

"It is my hope we'll get 12 jurors and four alternates, that is because we have a delay in the start of the trial and things happen," Kemp said. 

Both the prosecution and defense agreed not to make any reference to Guyger's employment status during the trial. Judge Kemp has said she will not rule on a defense motion to have the trial's venue changed until both the prosecution and defense can interview potential Dallas County jurors.

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