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

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

Closing arguments for both sides concluded Monday in the trial of St. Anthony, Minn., Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is charged in the shooting death previous year of Philando Castile.

Yanez, 29, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm in the shooting of 32-year-old Castile on July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and with two lesser counts of endangering Reynolds and her then-4-year-old daughter for firing his gun into the auto near them. He said that Castile failed to follow orders from Yanez because he was high on marijuana and grabbed a gun in his right pocket, which forced Yanez to shoot him. There is shouting, and Yanez screams "Don't pull it out!" before he fires seven shots into the auto.

The shooting drew widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

The jury is expected to begin considering the case later Monday after just five days of testimony, evidence and arguments.

Yanez is facing charges for second-degree murder and unsafe discharge of a firearm. A faulty brake light gave the officer sufficient reason to pull him over, several experts testified.

Paulsen also argued that any applied negligence and any claimed fault on the victim's part isn't a defense.

The jury deliberating the fate of a Minnesota police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black motorist has watched replays of two key videos in the case.

The defense attorney also refuted the inconsistencies in Yanez's statements using the word "it" instead of "gun". Yanez shot him seconds after Castile volunteered during a traffic stop that he was carrying a firearm.

Paulsen reminded the jury of a bullet wound to what would have been Castile's trigger finger - and that there was no corresponding bullet damage nor wounds in the area of Castile's right shorts pocket, where he carried his gun.




Gray said Yanez had plenty of justification for shooting, because he thought Castile was a robbery suspect.

Paulsen also pointed out that Yanez was the only witness to testify that he smelled burnt marijuana.

The police video begins in silence as Yanez followed a white Oldsmobile auto driven by Castile on a wide, lightly-traveled road.

Conviction on the manslaughter charge requires the jury to find Yanez guilty of "culpable negligence", which the judge described in jury instructions as gross negligence with an element of recklessness.

"We all know this is a sad case".

The St. Anthony officer testified in his defense Friday, telling the court he was "scared to death" when he shot Castile.

In his rebuttal, Paulsen reiterated to jurors that there was no credible evidence Castile was under the influence of marijuana and one can not conclude he was under the influence simply because THC was in his system.

And he says Yanez saw a gun and feared for his life. "No", Yanez said, "I was sure". Jurors are set to return to the Ramsey County Courthouse Tuesday morning to continue their work.

After three white alternates were dismissed following closing arguments, the 12-member jury includes two blacks.

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