The highest criminal court in Texas rejected an attempt by Amber Guyger to have her murder conviction thrown out.
The former Dallas police officer claims she mistakenly entered the apartment of Botham Jean, thinking it was her own, mistook him for an intruder, shot and killed him in 2018.
During her appeal, Guyger argued that her mistaken belief that she was in her own apartment negated her culpability for murder.
Her attorneys wanted her murder conviction thrown out and a new punishment trial for a lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.
The Court of Criminal Appeals refused Wednesday to review her case and upheld her original 10-year prison sentence.
Because the nine-member court has the final appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases, the decision means Amber Guyger has likely exhausted all avenues to appeal her conviction and sentence.
Go. Sit. Down…at the Mountain View Unit in Coryell County.
Amber Guyger will be eligible for parole in 2024.
Rest in peace, Botham Jean.
Source: The Dallas Morning News