Trial of cop who killed man in his own home to stay in Dallas

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FILE – This file photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department shows Amber Guyger, taken Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home told a 911 dispatcher “I thought it was my apartment” nearly 20 times as she waited for emergency responders to arrive. That’s according to a 911 recording obtained by Dallas TV station WFAA. Guyger is charged in the September 2018 killing of Botham Jean. (Mesquite Police Department via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — The murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor inside his apartment will be held in the city.

State District Judge Tammy Kemp on Monday rejected a motion from Amber Guyger’s lawyers seeking to move her trial for the killing of Botham Jean to another county.

Kemp’s decision follows the selection of 12 jurors and four alternates. Guyger’s defense argued media coverage of the high-profile case tainted the jury pool. Prosecutors said the jurors could be fair.

Prosecutor Doug Gladden said 15 of those picked had not formed an opinion of the case and the other can set it aside.

Guyger killed Jean in the apartment building where they lived last September. She said she mistook his unit for her own and mistook him for a burglar. She was later fired.

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