Botham Jean’s Pastor Says Murder Conviction of Amber Guyger is Proof That ‘God is in Control’

The murder conviction of Dallas County ex-police officer Amber Guyger for fatally shooting beloved worship leader Botham Jean in his apartment last year, is proof that “God is in control,” the man who served as his pastor at the time of his death says.

“This also lets us know that the God that we serve is still on the throne. God is still in control,” Dallas West Church of Christ pastor, Sammie L. Berry told CBS shortly after a jury had convicted Guyger on Tuesday.

He also said the faith community in Dallas and America at large was collectively pleased with the outcome of the case against Guyger, 31. The ex-officer claimed she shot Jean, 26, in his apartment in 2018 after mistaking his apartment for her own and told investigators she thought Jean was a burglar.

“I’d just like to say on behalf of the faith community here in Dallas in the State of Texas and also here in the U.S., and on behalf of the Dallas area preachers and church leaders, this verdict is exactly what we were looking for. I want to say thank you to the jurors, for being willing to make that tough decision,” Berry said. “I want to say thank you to the prosecutors for the excellent job that they did and now we’re just gonna move forward and continue to respond in the appropriate way.”

During the sentencing phase of Guyger’s trial Wednesday to decide whether she spends five to 99 years or life in prison, Jean’s close friend, Alexis Stossel, who he met during his junior year at Harding University, a private Christian school in Searcy, Arkansas, talked about his love for sports and God.

She also wept over a text message she never sent him, CNN reported.

“Next to my husband, Botham was my absolute person,” Stossel said, explaining that before she got married, she told her would-be spouse, “I love you, but this man is going to be in my life forever, and he’s going to be a part of us forever.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair