Jury re-watches 2 key videos in police shooting of motorist

Jury re-watches 2 key videos in police shooting of motorist

The manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist last summer will resume Monday with closing arguments.

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

In its second day of deliberations, jurors returned to court to again see dashcam video captured by Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad auto of the stop that led to 32-year-old Philando Castile's death.

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad vehicle video telling a supervisor variously that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified Friday that he meant that he didn't know where the gun was "up until I saw it in his right thigh area".

The court earlier heard a closing argument from the prosecution, with attorney Jeffrey Paulsen telling jurors Castile was reaching for his license when he was shot by a nervous police officer.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting in a now infamous Facebook Live video that showed Yanez crying after the shooting, prompting outrage and protests across the country.

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Yanez is facing charges for second-degree murder and risky discharge of a firearm.

The BCA transcript of Yanez's interview with the BCA the day after the shooting was never admitted into court and therefore could not be reviewed. None is Latino. It's not clear which three members are the alternates, who will be dismissed after closing arguments.

Leary III defined culpable negligence in his jury instructions as "intentional conduct that the defendant may not have meant to be harmful, but that an ordinary and reasonable prudent person would recognize as involving a strong probability of injury to others", adding the concept includes gross negligence coupled with an element recklessness.

Both videos requested Tuesday were played at trial.

The finger was injured during the incident and Paulsen explained to jurors that the photo is additional evidence that Castile's trigger finger could have not been in his pocket or on the gun when he was shot.

Defense attorneys highlighted inconsistencies in what is said on her video and in statements later to police. Castile's gun permit was later found in his wallet. Yanez shot Castile five times seconds after Castile told him he was carrying a gun.

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Prosecutors insisted Yanez never saw a gun and had plenty of options short of shooting Castile, an elementary school cafeteria worker they say was never a threat.

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad auto video telling a supervisor variously that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. He also alluded to testimony from defense witnesses who portrayed Yanez as a good and honest man.

The most serious charge, second-degree manslaughter, the instructions noted, is defined as killing someone through what's known as "culpable negligence".

"I know that people are not protected against the police", she said, according to Minneapolis-based reporter Jon Collins.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. They also argued that Castile had smoked marijuana before the traffic stop and was stoned, which influenced his actions. "No", Yanez said, "I was sure". Jurors will return Tuesday morning.

The jury also was instructed to consider the concept of a police officer's authorized use of deadly force.

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