Family: Warrant is part of smear campaign against slain Dallas man

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2018

They re-edited the story and changed the headline from featuring breaking news about marijuana in the apartment to one that now says "Lawyers disgusted by release of search warrant showing marijuana found in Botham Jean's apartment".

The search warrant revealed that in addition to 10.4 grams of marijuana in Ziplock bags, two fired cartridge casings; a black backpack "with police equipment and paperwork"; and a black ballistic vest with "police" markings had also been found in Jean's apartment.

The discrepancies center around how Guyger gained access to an apartment that was not hers and whether or not she exchanged words with Jean before shooting him dead, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Search warrant: Marijuana found in Botham Jean's apartment after deadly shooting", tweeted Fox 4. After only a few hours in custody, she was released on a bond of $300,000.

Less discussed has been the fact that the search warrant contradicts Guyger's other statements - and the official account described in her arrest affidavit.

The response to the news of Dallas police criminalizing Jean was scathing.

She said it was dark inside and she thought Jean was a burglar, and that she shot him after he didn't obey her "verbal commands".

The fatal shooting happened at the South Side Flats in Dallas, where Guyger and Jean both lived.

In a powerful press conference on Friday, Allison Jean, Botham's mother, spoke out on the affidavit, that was released the day of her son's funeral, claiming he had marijuana in his home and the deplorable investigation, which has tried to point blame at the victim, "The information received yesterday is, to me, worse than the call that I got on the morning of Friday, Sept. 7".

It claims Guyger attempted to enter Jean's apartment with a "set of keys". I want to find out whether her apartment has been searched, whether her auto has been searched, and also on the Saturday when we spoke to the Texas Ranger he was saying that there was no reason in his mind that she ought to have been locked up. "It did nothing else", Merritt said. "It is time that we recognize that lives matter, my son's life matters".

Merritt, an attorney for the Jean family, said the Dallas Police Department tainted the investigation before handing it off to the Texas Rangers. "My son's life mattered".

A CNN team visited Jean's apartment Friday, where a small memorial of flowers and a photo with his mother adorn the front door.

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