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DALLAS — The Latest on jury selection in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, a white former Texas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

Prosecutors have begun questioning potential jurors in the murder trial of a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black neighbor in his own home.

The 220 potential jurors were being asked Friday whether they would look at the case differently because Amber Guyger was a police officer when she fatally shot Botham Jean last year.

Some would-be jurors said she should be held to a higher standard. Others said they couldn’t convict her because she was a Dallas police officer.

The demographic of the jury will be closely watched. Assistant District Attorney Jason Fine asked how many people knew “nothing” about Guyger’s case, and only about a dozen raised their hands.

Attorneys for the former Dallas police officer requested in July that her trial be moved to another county.

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6:20 a.m.

Jury selection is set to resume in the murder trial of a white former Texas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man inside his own apartment last year.

Potential jurors in Amber Guyger’s trial for the killing of Botham Jean are expected to return to a Dallas courthouse Friday morning. They will be questioned by prosecutors, defense attorneys and the judge about their ability to serve. The demographics of the jury will be closely watched in the high-profile case that has ignited fierce debate over race, politics and policing.

Guyger shot and killed Jean in the apartment building where they both lived last September. She told investigators that she confused Jean’s apartment with her own.

Attorneys for the former Dallas police officer requested in July that her trial be moved to another county.

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