Jury finds cop accused of killing neighbor guilty of murder

The Texas jury deliberated for five hours, and now Amber Guyger faces a prison sentence of five to 99 years for the death of Botham Jean.
3:04 | 10/02/19

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Now to sentencing day for the former Dallas police officer who shot and killed her neighbor. Amber guyger found guilty of murder. The jury making the unanimous decision after just five hours of deliberation. Now they'll decide how long she will spend behind bars. Marcus Moore, good morning. Reporter: I was in the courtroom when it was read and there was a burst of emotion. A year long wait for answers and justice that finally came to an end. It took less than five hours for amber guyger to learn her fate. We, the jury, unanimously find the defendant, amber guyger, guilty of murder. The former Dallas police officer convicted of murder for shooting and killing 26-year-old botham Jean appeared to wipe away tears while an officer consoled her. Botham Jean's mother emotional and relievered later telling the jury about the pain she's endured since losing her son a year ago. Cannot sleep. I cannot eat. It's just been the most terrible time for me. Reporter: The diverse jury made up of eight women and four men of different ethnicities rejecting her claim of self-defense facing 5 to 99 years in prison. This verdict is for them. We still have the sentencing phase to go but this is a huge victory, not only for the family of botham Jean, this is a victory for black people in America. Reporter: During the trial guyger claimed she mistakenly entered Jean's apartment thinking it was her own believing him to be an intruder. Jean was watching TV and eating ice cream. Guyger told the jury she warned him to put his hands up although no witnesses corroborated her story. I yelled at him, let me see your hands. Let me see your hands. Not one of them heard you say that. I can't tell you why. Reporter: The 31-year-old appeared distraught walking straight into police custody. Tuesday's verdict now a focal point in the nationwide conversation about equal justice for all. The call for justice means police have to be held accountable for shooting citizens when there are other options. Reporter: And friends and family are remembering botham Jean really as a ray of sunshine. This is a guy who was very much on his way in his professional life but also active at his church and his friends and family are vowing to carry on his legacy of love and generosity. Robin. Marcus, you've been on the story from the very beginning and you were in there in the what's been the reaction there in Dallas to this verdict? Reporter: Well, you know, there's really been a lot of anticipation for this verdict. A lot of people were concerned whether or not she would even be convicted so there were a lot of people who were surprised by the murder conviction and certainly this is a cause for celebration for people who feared they might not get justice. Robin. Botham's family. Thank you very much.

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