Geiger was convicted of murder last October and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Her defense team said that there was insufficient evidence to prove that she was guilty of murder. Court documents show that the court should acquit Geiger for this crime or her murder, convict her of criminal manslaughter, and conduct a new hearing on the punishment.
Geiger testified that on September 6, 2018, she went home from get off work and went to what she thought was her apartment. She is off work, but still wearing a police uniform. She said that the door of the apartment was ajar, and when she entered, she found a man inside. She fired a service weapon and killed him.
She was actually in the apartment directly above her, which belonged to Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant from Saint Lucia. The prosecutor said that when Geiger walked in and shot him, Jane was watching TV and eating ice cream on the sofa.
In the appeal, her lawyer said: “Her false conviction denied the charge of murder because although she intentionally and deliberately caused the death of Jean, she has the right to take lethal force in self-defense because she believes she must use lethal force immediately. Force. It is reasonable in this case.”
Geiger’s lawyers also asked to hear their appeals through oral arguments.
Botham Jean’s family issued a statement, disappointed to hear Geiger’s appeal.
The statement said: “After pleading guilty to Botham Jane’s family, Geiger’s actions in appealing reflected that he was not remorseful but wanted to sympathize with them when they were most vulnerable.” S. Lee Merritt, lawyer for the Jean family.