Botham Jean’s Corpse Charged with Marijuana Possession

The Dallas district attorney has posthumously charged murder victim Botham Jean with marijuana possession.
The Dallas district attorney has posthumously charged murder victim Botham Jean with marijuana possession.

Dallas, Texas — 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 in an attempt to blame the murder victim for his own murder. On Thursday, one of the search warrants become public shortly after the funeral. The warrant describes how investigators found Marijuana in his apartment and have concluded that Mr. Jean “brought on his murder” at the hands of the off duty officer due to his possession of an illegal controlled substance.

Botham Jean’s corpse has been charged with possession of an illegal control substance and authorities say they plan on exhuming his body for trial. In Texas, possession of even a tiny amount of marijuana can land you in jail; in fact, anything less than 2 ounces carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. But penalties are even more serious for possessing concentrates such as hash oil, which is charged as a felony and can result in up to two years in state prison. Even if you’re dead. Worse if you are African-American.

“This just standard procedure following a officer shooting,” said Dallas police spokesperson Bethany Millbright. “We want to be sure we’re being thorough. And in the case of Mr. Jean, it’s clear that his marijuana possession contributed to his murder. Why else would a Dallas police officer open fire in his home? Just think about that for a minute.”

On September 7, 2018, off-duty Dallas patrol officer Guyger broke into the apartment of the marijuana-possessing Botham Jean, and shot and killed him. She then called 911. Jean was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his wound. Guyger was charged with manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony in Texas, which carries a sentence of 2 to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000. Following the shooting, the Dallas police department has worked to charge Botham with his own death.

The District Attorney says Mr. Jean’s body will be exhumed over the weekend for an appearance in court early next week.

Loretta Splitair
Loretta Splitair
Loretta Splitair is Gish Gallop's Media and Cultural Editor. She has written widely including publications such as Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and the Lady's Home Journal where she hosts a regular column on the ravages of Billy Joel's music entitled, Billy Joel is a Piece of Shit. Loretta is married to her second husband after her first died protesting railway expansion in Kansas. Please do not ask her about it.

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