Witness in Botham Jean Murder Trial Shot Dead in Dallas (UCNN 10.05.19)

According to the Daily Mail, A neighbor of Botham Jean who was a key witness in the murder trial of Amber Guyger has been shot dead in Dallas. Joshua Brown, 28, was gunned down outside an apartment complex in the city’s Medical District around 10.30 pm on Friday. He was rushed to nearby Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Witnesses say they heard several gunshots and saw a silver sedan speeding out of the apartment complex’s parking lot shortly after. Police have not apprehended or publicly identified a suspect in the fatal shooting. Brown was a neighbor of both Jean and Guyger, and his shocking slaying comes just 10 days after he broke down on the witness stand as he recounted the night Jean was fatally shot by Guyger. Last Tuesday, Guyger was found guilty of murder, and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to USA Today, After just a few hours of deliberation late Thursday night, a Cook County jury found a man guilty of first degree murder of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in one of Chicago’s most horrific crimes. Jurors found Dwright Boone-Doty guilty of murder in the first degree for shooting the boy in the head after promising to buy him a treat. Boone-Doty led the boy into an alley and executed him in a gang hit that shocked the nation for its brutality. Boone-Doty and another man, Corey Morgan, were tried before separate juries. Morgan’s jury was still deliberating as of Thursday night. Several members of the boy’s family held hands as the court read the verdict. Upon hearing the verdict, they began crying. A third man involved in the murder, Kevin Edwards, has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence. “Tyshawn Lee’s life is over, way too short. Although his life is over, his story isn’t,” state’s attorney Craig Ingleford told the jury earlier in the day during closing arguments. “It’s an ending you get to write. It will never be a happy ending, but it can be a just one.” Tyshawn was a fourth grader in November 2015 when he was killed by gang members to send a message to his father, an alleged member of a rival gang, prosecutors say. The killing was seen by many as underscoring the viciousness of warring factions in Chicago.

According to The Christian Post, Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren opened up about how childhood sexual abuse has impacted her life and mental health and called on the church to deal effectively with reports of sexual abuse. Warren was among six female speakers who addressed “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis” on the first day of the 2019 national conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Advisory Group. The speaker and author, who co-founded Saddleback Church alongside her husband Rick Warren, shared her testimony of the ongoing impact of abuse. She revealed how she grew up in very “sexually repressed household,” where any talk of sex was “shameful.” When Warren was just 6 years old, a teenage boy sexually abused her in the back of a church auditorium. “I didn’t tell anybody,” she recalled. “I didn’t have words for it, I didn’t have language. Somehow I knew it was bad, and I blotted it instantly out of mind. And as far as I was concerned, it was buried.” Yet, the sexual abuse lived and infiltrated her thinking about sex, her body, relationships, and other people’s bodies. “I was curious, but my curiosity could not be satisfied talking to my parents because of their very repressed and uncomfortable attitudes.” Warren went on to identify how the abuse affected her life, from struggling with shame and anxiety to addiction and pornography. “Anxiety and depression and shameful sexual attractions and actions divided me into a good girl on the outside, and in my mind, a bad girl on the inside,” she admitted. When Rick Warren began to pursue her in college, Kay said she didn’t believe she was “worthy.” It wasn’t until college that the memories of the sexual abuse she endured as a child resurfaced, impacting her relationship with Rick and reigniting feelings of shame and loneliness. It wasn’t until the couple attended both personal and couples therapy after years of marriage that she began to heal from the sexual abuse she endured as a child. “I wish that I could say today that there is no longer any effects of the abuse,” she said, adding that Christians “like the big bow on top of the package that says, ‘This is the way it used to be, but praise God that’s no longer true and that’s not possible and everything’s been healed and everything’s fine.’ And sometimes it happens that way, but sometimes, in this life, it doesn’t.” But the trauma she endured, she said, has not been fully resolved, even after years of therapy. “And I’ve come to believe catastrophic loss represents some not fully grieved moments or some incompletely grieved losses to trauma in our life,” Warren told the audience. Sexual abuse “absolutely” affects mental health, Warren said. “And survivors find differing measures of healing. It’s not a one-size-fits-all recovery process.” Warren said she has “come to believe that there are parts of my soul and my body that will not be completely healed until I see Jesus face to face.” Today, Rick and Kay Warren and Saddleback Church seek to advocate for people living with mental illness, HIV/AIDS and the orphans left behind. Though she has not given up on recovery or the pursuit of healing, Warren said, “Every day is one day closer to the total and complete healing that my soul longs for, and it’s coming, and it’s mine, and it will be mine forever on that glorious resurrection day.” The Caring Well Conference was held in Grapevine, Texas, Oct. 3-5. Other speakers included J.D. Greear, Beth Moore, Russell Moore, Jackie Hill-Perry, and Rachel DenHollander.

According to The Guardian, Bertrum Jean, the father of Botham Jean, said on Thursday he wished his son’s killer had received a stiffer sentence. But he also said he agreed with his surviving son Brandt, who amid extraordinary scenes in court in Dallas on Wednesday offered forgiveness to former police officer Amber Guyger. “I felt the same way as Brandt,” Bertrum Jean told CNN. “I wish I could’ve extended that same courtesy … I don’t want to see her rot in hell. I don’t want to see her rot in prison.” Guyger shot Botham Jean dead last September, after entering his apartment thinking, she said, it was hers on a lower floor and he was a dangerous intruder. The 26-year-old accountant was sitting on his couch, eating ice cream. Guyger, 31, was fired by Dallas police. Convicted of murder, she received a 10-year sentence. The maximum sentence available was 99 years. Prosecutors had asked for 28 years, based on the age Jean would have attained had he been alive today. At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Brandt Jean, 18, told Guyger: “I forgive you … I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you. Because I know that’s exactly Botham would want you to do.” He then asked permission to embrace Guyger, and did so. Film of the moment went viral. The judge in the case, Tammy Kemp, embraced Guyger and also gave her a Bible. Asked on CNN what allowed him and his son to be so forgiving, Bertrum Jean said: “That’s what Christ would want us to do. If you will not forgive, neither will your Father forgive you. I don’t want to see her rot in hell. I don’t want to see her rot in prison. I hope this will help her to change and recognize the damage, the hurt that our family’s going through. So I wish her well and I will pray for her family and pray for her as well.”

According to Reuters, U.S. presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has fired a senior staff member following complaints of ‘inappropriate behavior’. Campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman said the leadership had received multiple complaints over the past two weeks about Richard McDaniel, Warren’s national organizing director, and hired outside counsel to investigate. ‘The campaign determined that his reported conduct was inconsistent with its values and that he could not be a part of the campaign moving forward,’ Orthman said in a statement. Orthman did not give details about the nature of the complaints against McDaniel. In a statement, McDaniel said: ‘I have separated from the campaign and am no longer serving as National Organizing Director. ‘I have tremendous respect for my colleagues despite any disagreements we may have had and believe departing at this time is in the best interest of both parties. I would never intentionally engage in any behavior inconsistent with the campaign or my own values. If others feel that I have, I understand it is important to listen even when you disagree. I wish the campaign and my colleagues well.’ Warren’s campaign to win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential contest has been gaining ground in recent weeks. She has been rising in public opinion polls, and earlier on Friday she reported an increase in fundraising between July and September. Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, last week edged past former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time in a major national opinion poll.

According to The Daily Beast, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has announced a review of the closure of a previous legal case involving Burisma Holdings, the natural-gas giant where Joe Biden’s son served as a board member. The review falls short of the criminal investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in the country that President Trump had demanded in his July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president. When asked Friday whether he had evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Ruslan Ryaboshapka said: “I have no such information.” A written statement did not mention Burisma—the gas company where Hunter Biden worked—by name, but at a press conference Ryaboshapka was asked directly and said he would be reviewing the closure of the previous legal case involving it. Trump has, with no evidence, accused Joe Biden of acting to protect his son by urging the removal of Ukraine’s former general prosecutor who was looking into allegations of money laundering at Burisma. In a July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the country investigated the Biden family’s political and business dealings there. Top Ukraine officials previously told The Daily Beast that such a review was expected as part of the Zelensky administration’s anti-corruption efforts.

According to CNS, The work week is ending with some good news for President Donald Trump, as more records were smashed in Friday’s report on September unemployment. For the 22nd time since Donald Trump took office, the number of employed Americans reached a record high last month, climbing 319,000 from August’s record 157,878,000 to 158,269,000. At the same time, the number of unemployed Americans set a Trump-era low at 5,769,000. Those two strong numbers pushed the nation’s unemployment rate to 3.5 percent in September — down two-tenths of a point from last month, and the lowest rate since December 1969. President Trump hailed the good news on Twitter, with a twist (of course): “Breaking News,” Trump wrote. “Unemployment Rate, at 3.5%, drops to a 50 YEAR LOW. Wow America, lets impeach your President (even though he did nothing wrong!).”

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