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Lead Investigator, Medical Examiner Testify on Day 3 of Amber Guyger Murder Trial

Day two was punctuated by body camera video from the first responding officer and audio from the 911 call from Guyger

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Day 3 proceedings ended around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The trial will resume Thursday at 8:30 a.m. NBC 5's Jack Highberger and Larry Collins will cover the trial every day from the courthouse and will provide context to the proceedings in the live blog below.

Day 3 of testimony in the murder trial of Amber Guyger began with the defense cross-examination of prosecution witness Texas Ranger David Armstrong, who led the investigation into Botham Jean's death.

Before testimony began, Judge Tammy Kemp told the court she was notified that a juror had a professional relationship with Armstrong. Kemp called a brief recess but the juror remained when proceedings continued.

A Dallas County medical examiner testified to the amount of damage endured by Botham Jean's body after he was shot and jurors viewed never-been-seen crime scene photos of Jean's apartment on Day 3 of the Amber Guyger murder trial.

Armstrong grabbed the courts attention when he was asked by Guyger’s defense, "Do you believe today that you have probable cause to believe that Amber Guyger committed a crime," Attorney Robert Rogers asked. "Based on the totality of the circumstances, based on the complete investigation, no sir," Armstrong replied.

Armstrong later said, "I believe that she (Guyger) did perceive him (Jean) as a deadly threat."

Day 3 of the Amber Guyger murder trial began with the defense's cross-examination of prosecution witness Texas Ranger David Armstrong, who led the investigation into Botham Jean’s death.

During the exchange, the jury was not in the courtroom. Kemp later ruled Armstrong could not offer any testimony about Guyger's state of mind or the position he believed Jean's body was in.

Armstrong testified that his investigators found Guyger and Jean's apartments, as well as the third and fourth floors of the South Side Flats, to look similar. Photos of the similarities were shown to jurors, along with photos and a video of Jean's door that did not latch all the way.

Judge Tammy Kemp blocked Texas Ranger David Armstrong from testifying before the jury Wednesday on the "reasonableness" of Amber Guyger shooting Botham Jean, saying he doesn't believe she committed a crime and that she perceived him a deadly threat.

According to Armstrong, the door's latch was not correctly installed and when the weather was humid, as it was the night of the shooting, the door would not always fully close.

Wednesday's Testimony

Texas Ranger David Alexander testified for a second day Wednesday in the Amber Guyger murder trial. In addition to saying that he though Amber Guyger committed no crime, based on the totality of evidence, he said Botham Jean's strike plate was damaged, preventing his door from consistently closing and securing properly.

Following Armstrong, Christin Noebel, a digital multimedia analyst with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office certified in video forensics testified before the court that she used phones, video sources and other metadata to draw up a timeline of Amber Guyger's movements on the night of the shooting. That timeline was shown to the jury and entered into evidence.

Christin Noebel, a digital analyst with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, used metadata sourced from several video sources and phone records to create a timeline of Amber Guyger's movements on the night of the shooting. That timeline was entered into evidence Wednesday.

In the afternoon, the court heard testimony from four people who lived at the South Side Flats at the time of the shooting and who were home when Jean was shot.

First up was Taydra Jones, who confirmed for the jury that she heard the gunshots from inside of her apartment.

South Side Flats resident Taydra Jones testified in the Amber Guyger murder trial Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, confirming for the jury she heard the gunshots from inside of her apartment.

Whitney Hughes said she was in her bedroom painting her nails when she heard two gunshots. She said when she looked outside her door she saw the defendant Amber Guyger in the hallway. Thinking the police had already been called, because Guyger was in her uniform, she didn't call the police.

Whitney Hughes lived in the South Side Flats apartments on the night Botham Jean was fatally shot. She testified before the jury Sept. 25, 2019 that she was painting her nails in her bedroom when she heard two gunshots. Hughes said she looked through her peephole and saw a Dallas police officer in the hallway, so she didn't call the police. The officer Hughes say she confirmed was the defendant.

Alyssa Kinsey told the court she was sitting on the couch having a Facetime conversation with her boyfriend when the both heard two gunshots. She said she looked out her peephole but didn't see anything. She said it was silent for a few minutes before she heard a woman in the hallway calling 911.

Alyssa Kinsey, a resident of South Side Flats, told the jury Sept. 25, 2019 that she remembers meeting Botham Jean the day she moved into the building and that they spent time chatting on the patio talking about Dallas, the building and good places to eat nearby. She said she was on her couch talking via Facetime with her boyfriend when they both heard two gunshots.

Shanel Bly said she heard a noise from her apartment on the 13th floor, but that she wasn't convinced that night that it was gunshots. She said it sounded more like a car backfiring. Bly testified that she had a large vase and bright-colored mat outside of her apartment from February 2018 until she changed apartments in 2019.

Shanel Bly said she heard a noise from her apartment on the 13th floor, but that she wasn't convinced that night that it was gunshots. She said it sounded more like a car backfiring. Bly testified that she had a large vase and bright-colored mat outside of her apartment from February 2018 until she changed apartments in 2019.

Dr. Waleska Castro is a trace evidence examiner with the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences or the Dallas County Crime Lab. She testified she found gunshot residue on Jean's door and the stucco walls.

Dr. Waleska Castro, a trace evidence examiner with Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences (Dallas County Crime Lab) examined both Botham Jean and the area near his door for primary gunshot residue.

Dallas County Medical Examiner Dr. Chester Gwin testified the bullet struck Jean in the left ventricle of his heart, which caused him to lose blood quickly. He concluded Jean died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The manner of death was homicide.

Using a dowel stick, Gwin showed the direction the bullet traveled in Jean's body. Prosecutors said it proved Jean was standing up from his sofa when he was struck. Defense attorneys said Guyger perceived Jean as a deadly threat.

Dallas County Medical Examiner Chester Gwin explained the path the bullet took in Botham Jean's body after it entered his body near his heart and said conclusively it was the gunshot that killed Jean.
Robyn Carr, a crime scene analyst with the Dallas Police Department, testified Wednesday and walked jurors through never-before-seen crime scene photos she took shortly after Jean was killed.

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