Security Increased At Crowley Courts Building For Amber Guyger Murder Trial

Alan Scaia
September 23, 2019 - 7:29 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Law enforcement will have extra security in place for the trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger. Guyger's trial for murder begins Monday morning in the 204th District Court.

Guyger admitted to killing Botham Jean in his apartment September 6, 2018. She said she thought she was going into her apartment after her shift but entered his by mistake. She says she thought he was an intruder and fired.

Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter. The charge was later changed to murder. Guyger has pleaded not guilty.

In addition to regular security at the entrances to the Crowley Courts Building, people will go through another round of metal detectors before being allowed to enter the courtroom on the seventh floor.

"There's going to be extra security, so the dynamics of going in and out of the courthouse are going to be impacted," says former prosecutor Russell Wilson.

Wilson says the judge will also try to keep focus on testimony and lawyers, so she may limit people from coming and going from the courtroom, except during breaks.

"There's a whole issue of trying to get together 14 potential jurors, ten lawyers and multiple other folks who are participants in the trial to try to make the whole thing run smoothly," he says. "That's going on behind the scenes, I'm sure."

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and Dallas police limited vacation time for the next two weeks. They are planning a more visible presence at the courthouse and in the area outside the courthouse for the duration of the trial.