Lawyers for Botham Jean, the Dallas man who was shot dead by a cop in his own apartment, are “disgusted” that a search warrant signed by a judge was made public.
One of the warrants became a public record Thursday afternoon when it was returned to the judge who signed it. It was shortly after Jean’s funeral had ended. It listed several items found in Jean’s apartment, including a small amount of marijuana.
Jean, 26, was shot dead on Sept. 7 by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 30, who claimed she shot him because she mistakenly believed he was an intruder inside her own apartment at South Side Flats. Jean’s apartment was one floor above hers.
The search warrant — one of several search warrants signed by a judge on September 7 — was released on the same day Jean was buried in Texas.
The search warrant reveals marijuana and a marijuana grinder were among the items found in Jean’s apartment. Possession of marijuana is illegal in Texas.
The majority of the items found during the search warrant of Jean’s apartment appear to belong to Guyger. The items seized include:
- 2 fired cartridge casings
- 1 laptop computer
- 1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork
- 1 insulated lunch box
- 1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings
- 10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags
- 1 metal marijuana grinder
- 2 RFID keys
- 2 used packages of medical aid
Attorney Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Jean family, said the items found in Jean’s apartment have “absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home.”
“I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”
Attorneys not involved in the case tell a Fox News affiliate they believe the search warrant contained specific language for weed and other items because those items may have been in plain sight when officers responded to Guyger’s 911 call.
Guyger was arrested and charged with manslaughter 4 days after the shooting. She posted $300,000 bond and was released a few hours later.