Ex-Dallas cop appeals murder conviction in neighbor’s death

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Fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her murder trial, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger is accused of shooting and killing Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor in his own apartment last year. She told police she thought his apartment was her own and that he was an intruder. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys for a white former Dallas police officer are appealing her murder conviction in the killing of a Black neighbor inside his home. Amber Guyger is serving a 10-year prison sentence for the September 2018 fatal shooting of Botham Jean. She testified at trial that she mistook his apartment for her own and mistook Jean for an intruder when she entered and shot him. Her attorneys want a new trial or to have her conviction replaced with one for criminally negligent homicide and for her to be sentenced again. Criminally negligent homicide carries a maximum punishment of two years in jail.