After Botham Jean’s shooting death, his Dallas church intent on seeking justice
DALLAS — The preacher stood wearily on stage, wiping tears…
Today marks a sad milestone for loved ones of Botham Shem Jean.
It’s the one-year anniversary of the faithful Christian’s shooting death by a Dallas police officer who claims she mistook his apartment for her own.
Ironically, jury selection begins today for fired officer Amber Guyger, who is charged with murder.
Among The Christian Chronicle’s coverage over the past year: my interview with Jean’s parents about their nightmare that never goes away and our coverage of Christians nationwide asking God to bring #Justice4Botham.
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