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Murder of Botham Jean to air on ID Sept. 10

Even after finding the defendant guilty after deliberating her fate for just three hours, the jury recommended a sentence of just 10 years in prison for Guyger’s September 2018 assassination of her neighbor, Botham Jean (Photo provided by NNPA)

A documentary about the murder of Bothan Jean is set to air on Thursday, Sept. 10

The intense and emotionally charged episode of “Impact Murder” is a timely statement on the personal and social impact of police killings of African Americans that continues to escalate two years after Botham Jean’s slaying.

Following being convicted of murder for the killing of Botham Jean, 31-year-old ex-cop Amber Guyger received a sentence of 10 years behind bars.

The trial proceedings may have been most noted for the remarkable grace of Jean’s brother, Brandt who despite the fact that scores of Blacks wanted Amber Guyger to “rot and die” in prison for murdering Botham Jean, the victim’s brother Brandt Jean took a poignant position to forgive and hug his brother’s killer during the victim testimony phase of sentencing.

Season two of “Impact of Murder” kicks off with a heart wrenching two-hour episode on Botham Jean with “The Ballad of Botham Jean,” airing on Thursday, September 10 from 9-11 p.m. EDT/PDT on Investigation Discovery. Jean was shot in 2018 inside his Dallas apartment by white, female, off-duty police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger claimed she shot Botham because she thought she had entered her own home, and he was a trespassing burglar.

Botham Jean was a promising young Black accountant who dreamed of returning to his native St. Lucia to become Prime Minister. But his ambitions and life were ended with the unjustified shooting death of Botham Jean by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. The case sent shockwaves through America. Guyger entered his apartment allegedly thinking it was her own and shot him to death.

The senseless tragedy is retold by those closest to the case with gripping, emotional accounts from Jean’s family, including his mother, Allison Jean; father Bertrum Jean; sister, Allisa Charles-Findley; as well as those who worked with the family to bring justice to Botham, including lawyer Lee Merritt and prosecutor Jason Hermus.

“I have to admit it was tough to relive my son’s horrible murder,” said Allison Jean. “However, this is an important story. I want people to know how good my son was, and how senseless his death was.”

“Impact of Murder” is produced for Investigation Discovery by October Films.

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