Dallas (WBAP/KLIF) – More than 4,000 people will be in a courtroom in downtown Dallas Friday; all of them will be questioned as potential jurors in the controversial murder case involving former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who shot a neighbor in his own apartment last year. Only a fraction of those summoned are expected to actually show up as turnout among residents summoned for jury duty in typically low.
Guyger had just come of a long shift last September, when she went home to her South Side Flats apartment near Dallas Police headquarters. She says she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment, thinking it was her own and shot resident Botham Jean, thinking he was an intruder.
Amber’s lawyers have aggressively sought a change of venue, citing “media hysteria” surrounding the case. Presiding Judge Tammy Kemp, has said that she won’t make a decision about a changing the location of the trial until jury selection begins.
The court hopes 12 jurors and 4 alternates will be finalized by Sept. 13.
Testimony is expected to begin September 23 for the trial which could last up to two weeks.
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