DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer's claim that she believed she was in her own apartment when she fatally shot a neighbor in his home is absurd, a prosecutor said during closing arguments at the officer's murder trial Monday.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Fine said Monday that Amber Guyger was "an intruder" in Botham Jean's home when she killed him last September.
Guyger tearfully testified last week that she mistook Jean's apartment for her own after a long shift. Speaking publicly for the first time about the events of that night, she said she feared someone had broken in and that she opened fire using her service weapon when a silhouetted figure walked toward her in the dark apartment.
Guyger should have known she was in the wrong apartment, Fine said Monday, calling her claims "absurd" and "garbage."
"It's not a mistake. It's a series of unreasonable decisions," Fine said.
In her testimony Friday, Guyger, 31, repeatedly apologized for killing Jean.
"I hate that I have to live with this every single day of my life and I ask God for forgiveness, and I hate myself every single day," she said as she looked across the courtroom at Jean's family.
Prosecutors said Jean, who grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, was unarmed and eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream in his living room when Guyger killed him.
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Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report.