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Amber Guyger murder trial will take place in Dallas after judge denies change of venue request

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DALLAS – A Dallas County judge ruled Monday a fired Dallas police officer will have her murder trial take place in Dallas.

Judge Tammy Kemp denied a change of venue request made by Amber Guyger’s defense attorney’s earlier this summer.

The former officer shot and killed Botham Jean last year in his own apartment. She’d just finished her shift with the Dallas Police Department and claims she went into his apartment by mistake. Guyger said she thought Jean was an intruder in her apartment.

Guyger’s defense team asked for the trial to be moved, claiming in court she couldn’t get a fair trial in Dallas County because of the publicity surrounding the case.

But as jury selection took place in the past week and a half, it seemed more and more likely the trial would stay. Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected for the trial last Friday.

Guyger was in court on Monday for what was likely the last pre-trial hearing before the trial begins next week.

The defense placed exhibits into the record of broadcast and published media reports, again making one last argument claiming media hysteria would make it impossible to get a fair trial.

FOX 4’s coverage from September 6, the day jury selection began, was among the submissions.

“Same arguments that I tendered in the motion pervasive… prejudicial and inflammatory, I believe,” said Michael Mowla, Guyger defense attorney.

Prosecutor Doug Gladden told Kemp that of the 12 jurors and four alternates, eight jurors had heard of the case and four had not. Four alternates had heard of the case. Fifteen of the 16 said they had not formed an opinion and one said they had formed an opinion but could set it aside.

“What these numbers show is that despite the volume of news articles, the coverage, the media coverage, while some articles could be portrayed as sensational — most of which were editorial articles — the coverage in this case was not pervasive,” Gladden said.

Guyger’s trial is set to begin in one week, next Monday, September 23.

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Brandt Jean Honored With Ethical Courage Award for Forgiving Brother’s Killer

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Brandt Jean accepted an award for forgiving Amber Guyger of murdering his brother Botham Jean. The award received is called the Ethical Courage Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

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I am extremely proud of my baby brother, Brandt, for accepting this award of ethical courage from the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics. This award presented an opportunity to implore this institution and others to encourage diverse leadership that can model inclusion and restraint. To quote Brandt, “I ask that you remember my brother (Botham), my example of ethical leadership, a young black male that was perceived as a threat by one of your own. And when you remember him, I want you to ask yourself, what are you doing to ensure there will be no other families like mine – no other little brothers that have to model ethical leadership in forgiveness of a cop whose lack of training and discipline caused them to carelessly take the life of another”. #BeLikeBo #Iammybrotherskeeper #itsonus #BothamJean #Bothamshemjean #letitrise

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According to NBCDFW During his acceptance speech Tuesday, Jean that he never meant for his words to Guyger to be heard worldwide, but that he thought after the verdict and sentencing she needed to be forgiven and that, similarly, he needed to offer that forgiveness.

“I never intended for the statement that I made to the person who murdered my brother to receive such international recognition,” Jean said. “After being found guilty by a jury of her peers, sentenced under the law, Miss Guyger needed to be forgiven and I needed to be free from the burden of unforgiveness.” Read More Here

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Brandt Jean, Brother Of Botham, To Receive Award For Actions During Amber Guyger Murder Trial

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According to DFWCBS On Tuesday, the brother of Botham Jean will receive an award for his actions during the Amber Guyger murder trial.

During the sentencing phase of the trial in Dallas, 18-year-old Brandt Jean told Guyger he forgave her for killing his brother, then asked the judge’s permission to step down from the stand and hug her.

Amber Guyger is the former Dallas police officer convicted of murdering Botham Jean. A jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Brandt’s actions brought the courtroom to tears. Many called his gesture an act of humanity that helped the greater community’s healing process in a highly publicized case. Read More Here

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2 Young Men, 1 Juvenile Girl Arrested For Capital Murder At Duncanville Apartment

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According to DFWCBS On Wednesday, November 25, Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto.

At the time the capital murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges.

He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of capital murder and bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.

On Friday, November 27, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with capital murder with bond set at $500,000. Read More Here

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