Amber Guyger’s fate lies in the hands of the jury that found her guilty of murder.
Now, the jury will deliberate over her sentence after hearing additional testimony and evidence, which was presented immediately following the announcement of the verdict on Tuesday (October 1).
Among the additional evidence presented were text messages written by Guyger that paint a very different picture from what she illustrated in court.
On Friday, the 31-year-old ex-officer testified in court, “This is not about hate. It’s about being scared.”
Following the guilty verdict, prosecutors released several text messages that show her making offensive statements, The Washington Post reports.
Guyger jokes about Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and mocks her Black colleagues in the text messages presented. She also discussed a dog that her friend warns “may be racist,” according to The Washington Post.
“It’s okay.. I’m the same,” Guyger replied about the dog before adding one minute later, “I hate everything and everyone but y’all.”
That text message conversation took place on September 4, 2018, just days before she shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment on September 6, 2018, the Daily Mail reports.
Earlier that year, during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, Guyger texted another officer about their lengthy shift. The other officer asked Guyger via text, “When does this end lol.”
She replied, “When MLK is dead … oh wait …”
Guyger’s social media posts were also revealed in court and included her boasting about having a gun and killing.
One meme she shared read: “Stay low, go fast. Kill first, die last. One shot, one kill. No luck, all skill.”
Another meme Guyger shared read: “People are so ungrateful. No one ever thanks me for having the patience not to kill them.”
On yet another meme, Guyger commented about owning a gun, “I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me because I’m already dressed for your funeral.”
The additional evidence presented by the prosecution, which also includes her disciplinary record as a police officer, is intended to argue for a harsher sentence.
Guyger faces five years to life in prison without the possibility of probation. The prosecution has not yet specified what length of prison term they will request, according to The Washington Post.
Guyger is expected to take the stand again and the defense will share additional testimony as the sentencing phase of the case continues Wednesday (October 2), reports The Washington Post.
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