Dallas Police Association Wants Amber Guyger's Trial Delayed

Alan Scaia
September 18, 2019 - 6:34 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The president of the Dallas Police Association says a judge should delay the start of former Officer Amber Guyger's trial. Guyger was charged with murder after killing Botham Jean last year.

Guyger has said she mistakenly went into Jean's apartment and thought he had broken into her apartment. She killed Jean and was charged with murder.

Her trial is scheduled to start Monday. Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata says ​the judge should delay the trial for 60 to 90 days, so it does not coincide with the State Fair of Texas.

Mata says Dallas police have limited time off during the trial and advised officers to make sure they have safety equipment available. He says concerns about protests or violence after a verdict show the trial should be delayed. Mata says the department is already stretched thin in expectation of a million visitors for the State Fair of Texas.

The lawyer for Jean's family called the request "absurd."

"In effect the DPA - Dallas Police Association has concluded that the parents of Botham Shem Jean should be required to wait a few more months while their child’s killer roams free-- so that corndog festivities and deep fried butter sales aren’t adversely impacted. The very notion is profane," Lee Merritt wrote in a post on Facebook.