Attorneys for #Botham Jean's family are outraged that the document describing drug evidence became #public on the same day of his #funeral.
One of the warrants became a public record Thursday afternoon when it was returned to the judge who signed it. It was shortly after Jean’s funeral had ended. It listed several items found in Jean's apartment, including a small amount of #marijuana.
There have been several warrants signed by judges and executed in this case aside from the arrest warrant for Guyger and the search warrant signed September 7 that were returned to the court on Thursday. The others are still sealed and not accessible.
The search warrant executed in Jean’s apartment at South Side Flats specifically sought fired cartridge casings, fired projectiles, #firearms, ballistic vests, keys, evidence of blood, video #surveillance systems, and contraband such as narcotics and other items used in #criminal offenses.
The document does not say where any of the items were located in the apartment or who the items belong to.
The Jean family's legal team was unaware of the document when it was first released. Regardless of whose marijuana it was, the attorneys say it doesn't matter.
Attorney Pete Schulte, who is not connected to the case, says the defense will likely bring it up in trial if the marijuana turns out to be his.
Schulte says it's common practice for detectives #investigating a case to cast a wide net when seeking a search warrant.
The request for the warrant does list a wide range of items — from blood evidence and keys, to video surveillance systems and "any contraband, such as narcotics, and other items that may have been used in criminal offenses."
Other attorneys not associated with the case say that specific language may have been used for items that were in plain sight.
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