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first_imgDNY59/iStock(DALLAS) — A Texas appeals court is mulling whether to throw out the murder conviction of Amber Guyger for the 2018 killing of Botham Jean after the former Dallas police officer’s attorney argued on Tuesday that she was acting in self-defense when she accidentally entered the wrong apartment and thought she was confronting an intruder.An attorney for Guyger, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, argued before the Court of Appeals in the Fifth District of Texas in Dallas that Guyger should be acquitted of murder. Defense attorney Michael Mowla asked the three-judge panel to resentence Guyger on the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide if it decides not to grant her a full acquittal.Mowla argued that the lower court judge erred by not instructing the jury to consider that Guyger had a “reasonable belief” that she was in her apartment when she shot Jean in the chest and killed him.“I agree she did intentionally shoot Mr. Jean because that was her intent. That was the truth. Those were the facts of the case,” Mowla said.But Mowla cited case law in arguing that Guyger would be “entitled to use deadly force in self-defense, if she had walked into her apartment and there was an intruder.”“My client, according to the facts, had a reasonable apprehension of danger when she walked into what she thought was her apartment,” Mowla said. “If we agree that she thought she walked into her apartment, then the mistake of fact instruction applies. And then the question is, was her belief, was her apprehension of the danger, reasonable?”Justice Robbie Partida-Kipness interrupted Mowla to question the validity of his argument.“Just because of her alleged mistake in belief about where she was doesn’t negate her intent to kill,” Partida-Kipness said.Mowla countered that “it negates the evil intent” requirement for murder.“We wouldn’t be talking about this if she had walked into her own apartment,” Mowla said.Prosecutor Douglas Gladden asked the court to reject Guyger’s petition, arguing, “This is a murder case not a criminal trespass case.”“She knew Botham was a living human being. She pointed a gun at him. She intended to kill him,” Gladden told the justices. “That’s murder. It’s not mistake of fact, it’s not justified. Amber Guyger murdered Botham Jean. This court should say so and affirm the trial court’s judgment.”Gladden said the “mistake of fact” claim by Mowla was never raised during Guyger’s trial.During Guyger’s trial, her attorneys used a similar self-defense argument, which was rejected by the Dallas County jury that convicted her of murder after deliberating for less than two days.Following the arguments, Chief Justice Robert Burns told the attorneys that the panel will take the case under advisement and “we will issue our opinion in due course.”Guyger did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, which was held online via Zoom.Jean’s family issued a statement Tuesday through their attorneys, saying, “We vehemently oppose Amber Guyger’s appeal and her attempt to get a reduced sentence.”“When Amber Guyger was sentenced, our family finally found a measure of justice and peace,” the statement reads. “Her actions were clearly criminal: she saw a black man and shot, without reason and without justification, murdering him in his own home. The jury delivered a thoughtful and just verdict that should not be overturned.”Jean, who was an accountant for the international auditing firm Pricewaterhousecoopers in Dallas, was in his apartment alone eating ice cream on the night of Sept. 6, 2018, when Guyger, who had just gotten off duty and was still in her police uniform, barged through his unlocked front door and opened fire on him.Moments after the shooting, she realized she had mistaken the apartment for her own, which was one floor below.She testified that when she entered the apartment she saw the silhouette of a figure, so she pulled her “gun out and I yelled at him.”“I was scared to death,” Guyger testified during her trial in 2019, adding that her “heart rate just skyrocketed.”Guyger broke down in tears on the witness stand, saying, “I’m so sorry. I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life.”“I wish he was the one with the gun that killed me,” she said, overcome with emotion.In a remarkable act of kindness, Jean’s brother Brandt Jean, who took the witness stand during Guyger’s sentencing, said he forgave her and asked if he could hug her, which the trial judge allowed him to do.“I love you just like anyone else and I’m not going to hope you rot and die,” Brandt Jean told Guyger during the sentencing. “I personally want the best for you. I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2000 Coca-Cola 600 was a Memorial Day weekend that Matt Kenseth will never forget. It was a rookie battle between Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the longest race of the season, which was made even longer due to rain.RELATED: 2000 Coca-Cola 600 results | Matt Kenseth driver page and statsEarnhardt Jr. looked like the car to beat. He started from the pole and led six different times. But after dominating most of the race, his crew made a poor adjustment on the final pit stop and he couldn’t challenge Kenseth for the victory.Kenseth, who started 21st, came back from deeper in the field than any other previous winner at the time. He used two quick pit stops to put himself into contention for the win and passed leader Bobby Labonte on Lap 375.After taking the checkered flag, Kenseth circled back around the track and cut doughnuts in the grass on the Coca-Cola logo.Kenseth is back racing in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020– this time with Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 42 Chevrolet. Relive his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in this Classic NASCAR Full Race Replay.last_img read more

first_imgAt this weight, and with the dimensions of 4.1 m high, 14.5 m long and 3.44 m wide, route surveys had to be completed, which focussed on bridge and power line clearances along the way.The main issue came with a bridge close to the delivery site which had to be crossed, but was not strong enough to take the total weight and had to be strengthened with specialist polymer injections.Starting from Gdynia port, the movement was around 100 km in total to the delivery site, where the cargo was unloaded and will be used to process waste from the region.www.vandervlist.comlast_img read more

first_img1 December 2010Pretoria Metal Pressings (PMP), a division of South Africa’s Denel Group, has won a R93-million order for ammunition components from Global Combat Systems Munitions, a unit of BAE Systems in the United Kingdom.Pretoria-based PMP began manufacturing brass cups and discs for BAE Systems in 2001, and has since supplied more than 2.4-billion components in more than 350 weekly shipments. Brass cups and discs are the basic components from which small and medium caliber ammunition is manufactured.“This latest follow-on order is for the deliveries in 2011. In addition to ensuring the retention of skills and jobs at PMP’s Brass plant, this export contract also increases PMP’s foreign exchange earnings”, said PMP chief executive Carel Wolhuter.Successful partnershipPMP’s successful partnership with BAE Systems is a fruit of the UK company’s activities in fulfilling its Industrial Participation offset obligation tied to South Africa’s purchase of Hawk and Gripen aircraft for the SA Air Force.The South African-manufactured brass components are shipped weekly to Global Combat Systems Munitions at Radway Green, England in 40- to 60-ton batches.Global Combat Systems munitions procurement director Mark McIntyre said: “PMP has proven to be a reliable and strategic supplier in a business where on-time deliveries and the highest quality of manufacturing standards are absolutely critical.Jobs-saving deal“BAE Systems is also excited that its offset partnership activities with the Denel Group and others have been a catalyst for positive change and development in South Africa’s defence industry”.Denel Group CEO Talib Sadik congratulated PMP and BAE Systems on finalising this follow-up contract.He said that it was a further milestone in ensuring stable financial performance by PMP, and ensured the retention of close to 200 jobs at PMP’s Brass Plant.Sapalast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks Aussie keepersby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he’s a fan of Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.Klopp discussed the Aussie ahead of facing Brighton this weekend.He said, “Usually in goal, I didn’t know him [Matthew Ryan] really before I came to England, but Mitch Langerak was my second goalkeeper at Dortmund and I always thought is it possible for Australia to have a better goalkeeper than him? “Yes, obviously because Ryan is fantastic on the line.” last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipowner DryShips is steaming ahead with its fleet rejuvenation strategy and shedding of older tonnage. The latest move has seen the diversified owner sell two of its older Panamax drybulk carriers, built in 2002.The duo fetched a gross sales price of USD 18.8 million.The vessels are scheduled for delivery to their buyers during the third quarter of 2018.The move comes on the heels of DryShips’ announced purchase of two younger ships worth USD 93.8 million.The duo is comprised of a 2013-built Newcastlemax and a 2017-built Suezmax tanker and if the transaction goes ahead will be bought from entities affiliated to George Economou, the company’s Chief Executive Officer.The purchase price included the associated bank debt of USD 50.3 million.DryShips said that the transaction is expected to close in June 2018.Following the recent Panamax sale, the company’s drybulk fleet will comprise 21 ships, including 11 Panamaxes, five Newcastlemax and five Kamsarmax drybulk vessels.The company also owns a very large crude carrier, two Aframax and two Suezmax tankers, four Very Large Gas Carriers and six Offshore Support Vessels.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ESL Shipping Serious technical problems with cranes slowed down the deployment of ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulk carriers, the Finland-based shipping company, part of the ASPO Group, said.The 25,600 dwt handy size dry bulk cargo vessels, Haaga and Viikki, the first of their kind to use LNG, were delivered to the company in 2018. In the fourth quarter, both vessels arrived fully laden to the Baltic Sea via the Northern Sea Route.However, “extensive and serious problems” in the conventional mechanics of high-power cranes, which are subject to warranty, have significantly interfered with the efficient operations of both vessels.As informed, these issues have resulted in a significant loss of income and additional costs for the shipping company.Due to the delivery times of spare parts, repairs by Cargotec MacGregor are expected to be completed only at the end of the first quarter of 2019. During this time, the vessels cannot be operated fully efficiently as planned, the company said.“We can be satisfied with the operation of the energy and environmental efficiency systems of the new vessels. When we can raise the reliability and efficiency of the loading and unloading operations of the new vessels to the planned level, the vessels will meet our high profitability requirements and they can be placed to intended customers’ cargo deliveries,” Aki Ojanen, CEO of ASPO Group, noted.The delay in full deployment of Haaga and Viikki was revealed in the company’s financial results for 2018 which show that ESL Shipping improved its profitability during the year.The company’s operating profit stood at EUR 15.1 million (USD 17 million) in 2018, an increase of 11.9 percent when compared to EUR 13.5 million reported in the twelve-month period a year earlier.In addition, the shipping company’s net sales grew by 51% in January-December 2018 to EUR 120.1 million from EUR 79.3 million seen in 2017. The overall increase was driven by the growth of 105% in net sales in the fourth quarter of 2018.As explained, net sales in the fourth quarter increased significantly as a result of higher transportation volumes, the completion of the new vessels and the increase in the vessel capacity through the acquisition of Swedish shipping company [email protected] As part of its growth strategy, ESL Shipping completed the acquisition of [email protected] on August 31, 2018.As a result of the acquisition and the addition of the two new vessels, the shipping company’s vessel capacity increased. The increase in capacity enables the company to improve its operational efficiency and profitability especially during the second half of the year when there is typically a shortage of vessel capacity.At the end of the financial year, ESL Shipping’s fleet consisted of 49 vessels with a total capacity of 464,000 dwt. Of the vessels, 22 are wholly-owned, two are minority-owned, one is leased and the remaining 24 are time-chartered.last_img read more

first_imgBEIJING — The U.S. government has accused Beijing of stepping up hacking attacks aimed at stealing American technology ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a report that Chinese hacking efforts aimed at stealing American trade secrets have “increased in frequency and sophistication” this year.The report reflects U.S. skepticism before the meeting, to be held during a gathering of the Group of 20 major economies in Buenos Aires.The two sides have raised import duties on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is reporting a large outage west of Dawson Creek.  The power went out at approximately 9:40 p.m. and there is no estimate as to when power will be restored.The outage is affecting approximately 1,200 customers south of the Braden Road between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.As of 9:55 p.m., a crew from B.C. Hydro has not been assigned to repair the outage. For more updates on this outage and other small outages in the B.C. Peace, visit www.bchydro.com/outages.last_img read more