Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

Now, a jury must decide whether Yanez should be convicted of three charges against him: one count of second-degree manslaughter for the death of Castile, and two counts of "intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety" for shooting into a vehicle with Reynolds and her daughter inside.

At this point in time the officer was "not listening" and Castile was shot five times in the chest without being told to stop, Paulsen said.

Gray agreed that the officer did not say the gun was black in his initial statements, but Gray made clear that the reason was because Yanez "had just been traumatized".

After three white alternates were dismissed after closing arguments, the 12-member jury included two black and ten white people. Paulsen pointed to a bullet wound on Castile's trigger finger, arguing there was no bullet hole in his trousers or any damage to the gun.

And he says Yanez saw a gun and feared for his life.

Closing arguments are set for Monday in a Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

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"The victim in this case was a good man too", Paulsen said, and referred to Castile's job at an elementary school.

Paulsen used Yanez's own statements to BCA Investigators and other officers on scene to argue that he never saw Castile's hand on a gun.

FILE - In this May 30, 2017, file photo, St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride in St. Paul, Minn.

An attorney for Yanez told jurors Monday afternoon that his client was not to be blamed for the July 6 shooting.

"He pulled out his gun, and he did what he had to do", Gray said.

As for the recording in which he said he didn't know where the gun was, he explained, "What I meant by that was I didn't know where the gun was up until I saw it in his right thigh area".

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The police video of the traffic stop and the Facebook Live post by Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, who was in the passenger seat next to him, were played in court Monday.

Philando Castile funeral was held on July 14, 2016 in St. Paul Minnesota.

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, has been charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm.

The prosecutor said Yanez's defense team may tell you that the shooting was Castile's fault since Castile had marijuana in his system, but Paulsen said there is no credible evidence that he was actually impaired.

The trial was capped by Yanez's first public words on the case since Castile died.

Earlier Friday, Emanuel Kapelsohn, a police training and firearms expert called as a defense witness, testified he thought Yanez acted appropriately while thinking Castile was reaching for a gun.

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