Family's lawyer: Police tried to smear Jean

Botham S. Jean was a Harding 2016 alumnus. (Photo courtesy: Harding University)

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting in Dallas involving an off-duty police officer (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

An attorney for the family of a man shot dead by a police officer in the man's own apartment says a police affidavit shows investigators immediately sought evidence to discredit the victim.

Lee Merritt represents the family of Botham Jean, who was shot dead in his own Dallas apartment on Sept. 6. Officer Amber Guyger, who shot him, said she mistook his apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder.

A police affidavit shows that officers seized, among other items, 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from Jean's apartment. Merritt said that showed investigators were immediately looking for drug paraphernalia. In his words, "They immediately began looking to smear him."

Guyger is charged with manslaughter and remains free on $300,000 bond.


5:15 p.m.

A Dallas police affidavit says officers recovered two bullet casings, a police backpack and vest and 10.4 grams of marijuana from the apartment of a man killed by an officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own.

A search warrant affidavit says a lunch box, laptop computer, metal marijuana grinder, two electronic keys and two used packages of medical aid also were recovered from Botham Jean's Dallas apartment.

Dallas police conducted the search after the Sept. 6 shooting before turning the investigation over to the Texas Rangers

Officer Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting. She remains on administrative leave from the Dallas Police Department.


3:50 p.m.

Religious leaders from the Dallas area say they are outraged and saddened by the death of a 26-year-old man killed in his apartment by an off-duty police officer last week.

A group of Dallas-area church leaders gathered for a press conference Thursday afternoon immediately following the funeral of Botham Jean, who was shot and killed by off-duty officer Amber Guyger last week. She has been arrested for manslaughter and is out of jail on bond.

Sammie Berry, an elder and pulpit minister at Jean's church, says the family cannot rest until justice is served and Guyger is punished "to the fullest extent of the law." He described Jean's death as an avoidable tragedy and said the group wants to know why Guyger has not been fired.

He says they "cannot let Bo become another statistic."


2:30 p.m.

The uncle of a 26-year-old man killed in his apartment by a Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own says that word of his death was like "a nuke" being unleashed on their family.

Botham Jean's uncle, Ignatius Jean, said at the Thursday funeral, "Our prince royal was snatched from us by the quick-to-trigger finger of one trained to protect and serve."

He also said his nephew told him he would like to enter politics one day, maybe even becoming prime minister of his home country of St. Lucia.

Off-duty police officer Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter and has since been released on bond.

Others speaking at the funeral talked about Botham Jean's willingness to always help anyone and the devout Christian's love of singing.

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