Lawyers “disgusted” by release of search warrant showing marijuana found in Botham Jean’s apartment

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(FOX 4) — Following the shooting death of Botham Jean by the hands of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, multiple search warrants were executed at Jean’s apartment as part of the investigation.

Attorneys for Botham Jean’s family are outraged that the document describing drug evidence became public on the same day of his funeral.

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.

There have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in this case aside from the arrest warrant for Guyger and the search warrant signed September 7 that were returned to the court on Thursday. The others are still sealed and not accessible.

The search warrant executed in Jean’s apartment at South Side Flats specifically sought fired cartridge casings, fired projectiles, firearms, ballistic vests, keys, evidence of blood, video surveillance systems, and contraband such as narcotics and other items used in criminal offenses.

The inventory return yielded:
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

The document does not say where any of the items were located in the apartment or who the items belong to.

The Jean family’s legal team was unaware of the document when it was first released. Regardless of whose marijuana it was, the attorneys say it doesn’t matter.

“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family. “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.”

“It doesn’t change the story,” said Daryl Washington, attorney for the Jean family. “She claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn’t claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity.”

“I know because of how he lived his life it won’t stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously,” Merritt added. “But it’s unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”

Attorney Pete Schulte, who is not connected to the case, says the defense will likely bring it up in trial if the marijuana turns out to be his.

“I’m not saying Mr. Jean is a bad guy because he had some marijuana in his apartment,” Schulte said. “But it could help add some explanation to this crazy case. It just adds another layer of complexity.”

Schulte says it’s common practice for detectives investigating a case to cast a wide net when seeking a search warrant.

The request for the warrant does list a wide range of items — from blood evidence and keys, to video surveillance systems and “any contraband, such as narcotics, and other items that may have been used in criminal offenses.”

Other attorneys not associated with the case say that specific language may have been used for items that were in plain sight.

“They do a broad spectrum of what they’re looking for when they get these search warrants,” Schulte said. “Now toxicology is important, both with Officer Guyger and Mr. Jean, because it could explain how this case happened. How things went south so quickly.”

By law, a warrant must be executed within 72 hours of when it was issued. As far as the timing of the return to the court, nearly a week later?

“There’s nothing nefarious about it. I think it just got done,” Schulte said. “They’ve got to get it to the court, and it got to the court today.”

Jean’s legal team disagrees.

“This is nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate the character of a wonderful young man,” said Ben Crump, attorney for the Jean family.

There have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in the case so we could learn of additional items retrieved. It’s unclear if those requests included any warrants to search Officer Guyger’s apartment as well.

Guyger did consent to a blood draw the night of the shooting. Toxicology reports for both her and Jean are still pending.

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10 comments

  1. The weed probably belonged to the cop.

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  2. Soon they'll come up with his fingerprints too. Cold blooded killer bitch

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  3. Tactics to the max. It the police ways of degrading a black when they are in the wrong. To the family keep you all heads up for the truth will come out to light for the evil we do live with us never after us. To the son of the soil of St.Lucia Rest in Eternal Peace. Justice WILL prevail she will speak the truth eventually.

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  4. This woman is so hungry for power she will frame a black man just to prove to the force that she want to do her job just to get promoted,but guygner it won't work Justice will prevail for Both,no matter what he did it gave u no right to take his life,he had people that love and cherish him,I wonder if this woman has kids,am sure she does not even appreciated her own mother,later the truth will come out,father God I pray for the family give them peace strength to endour all this paint all this hurt father Amen🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  5. his soul is too pure for yourll so tryn to dirty the jean family yeh ryt.god sees n his not asleep botham god my god our god will deal with the dishonest one or ones.

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  6. This is clearly an attempt to sully Botham’s good character. The police officer killed a model and righteous young man well known in his church and community. They are therefore making attempts to undermine his solid character by making him out to be a drug user. Rest assured that this to shall fail. Psalm 27 declares: The Lord is Botham’s light and his salvation, and he and his family should fear no one (least of all the Dallas Police Department). It further declares that when the “wicked” advances against him to devour him it is they that will stumble and fall!
    God is on Botham’s side and on his family’s side, they are not afraid. Justice will be served.

    Officer Guyger may be able to escape man’s judgement but she cannot run from the almighty God…

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  7. Only in this case that disclosures are made. But it won't work. So what , if he use marijuana and what is wrong with finding medical aid in his apartment it is a known fact that the US police system don't let their officer down. Guyger is a cold blooded killer . We all should have known that law enforcement would make Mr Jean look like a criminal . But the world know of his good deeds and knows that his is no criminal . 10.5 grams of marijuana does not make you a criminal. US LAW ENFORCEMENT WE NEED JUSTICE

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  8. Certainly, this is an evil white attempt to destroy Botham's reputation. But it won't work as the world knows he was a good person.
    The murderer was given all the time she needed to clear her appartment of all evidence.
    RIP Bo, and God will bring justice for you and the rest of the world.

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  9. Certainly, this is an evil white attempt to destroy Botham's reputation. But it won't work as the world knows he was a good person.
    The murderer was given all the time she needed to clear her appartment of all evidence.
    RIP Bo, and God will bring justice for you and the rest of the world.

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  10. It's ashame they are trying to cover up and make a defence for the senseless killing. The police herself could have planted it there to make a case. Justice in the hands of God will prevail.

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