Day six of the Amber Guyger murder trial finds the jury in the courtroom on a Saturday. It is an uncommon, but not unusual move. With the jury sequestered, Judge Tammy Kemp is attempting to keep the trial moving.
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The day began with voir dire, with the jury out of the courtroom as Craig Miller, a former police chief with the Dallas ISD, was questioned as an expert witness. Miller will testify about a temporary condition called "inattentional blindness" where a person missing something in their field of vision because they were focused on something else.
When the jury returned to the courtroom, Texas Ranger David Armstrong was recalled to testify on the physical effects of a high-stress situation. Armstrong said a person may suffer from auditory exclusion, tunnel vision, short-term memory loss and an elevated heart rate when overwhelmed by stress.
After a short break, Judge Kemp returned to the courtroom and dismissed the jury for the weekend, asking them to return at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The sixth day of testimony comes after an emotional and intense day five, in which the court saw Amber Guyger take the stand in her own defense. It's not clear if Guyger will take the stand again Monday.
The fired Dallas police officer testified Friday that she was afraid for her life when she shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean, not knowing that she had entered his apartment and not her own.
Jurors will likely hear from expert witnesses from Guyger’s defense team before the defense prepares to rest its case. It is unclear how many more witnesses the defense plans to call.
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