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Documentary on Murder of Botham Jean to Air Thursday

Season two of Investigation Discovery’s “Impact of Murder” kicks off with a heart-wrenching two-hour episode on Botham Jean, airing Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT.

Jean was shot in 2018 inside his Dallas apartment by white, female, off-duty police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger claimed she shot Botham because she thought she had entered her own home and he was a trespassing burglar. Like many controversial police killings of minorities, Botham’s murder sparked national outrage.

Botham Jean was a promising young Black accountant who dreamed of returning to his native St. Lucia to become prime minister. As his family mourned, the murder ignited protests from Black Lives Matter activists and sparked a media frenzy.

This senseless tragedy is retold by those closest to the case with gripping, emotional accounts from Jean’s family, including his mother, Allison Jean, father Bertrum Jean, sister Allisa Charles-Findley, as well as those who worked with the family to bring justice to Botham, including lawyer Lee Merritt and prosecutor Jason Hermus.

Perhaps the most heartrending account comes from 18-year-old Brandt Jean, who mourns Botham’s death while wrestling with his anger against his brother’s killer. His request for a courtroom embrace of his brother’s murderer displayed an astonishing act of forgiveness and inflamed worldwide, polarizing reactions.

“I have to admit it was tough to relive my son’s horrible murder,” said Allison Jean. “However, this is an important story. I want people to know how good my son was, and how senseless his death was.”

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., entertainment and culture editor for Black Press USA, is also founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning news blog The Burton Wire, which covers news of the African Diaspora. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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