Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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


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.

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

Deliberations began after closing arguments Monday in the trial of St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez, who's charged in the July death of Philando Castile.

She condemned the killings of black men by police officers that have happened nationwide and said she prays that the jury will s find Yanez guilty on all counts.

Castile "did what he was supposed to do".

In his final instructions to the jury, Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III pointed that out - and also defined what the jury's legal standard should be to convict Yanez of the individual charges.

Then, "without any warning".

Prosecutors have run with the theory that Yanez's failure to use the word "gun" to alert responding officers at the scene and his language with investigators indicate that he never saw Castile's gun, which was later recovered from his right front shorts pocket, per Star Tribune.

Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, posted a seven-minute video on Facebook. Castile had a permit for the weapon. Yanez shot him seconds after Castile volunteered during a traffic stop that he was carrying a firearm. It also recorded statements Yanez made to a supervisor soon after the shooting in which he said variously that he didn't know where Castile's gun was and that he told him to keep his hand off it. Officers then removed Castile from the vehicle and attempted to revive him.

Castile also resembled a suspect from a robbery days earlier, defense attorney Earl Gray said.

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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.

A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black driver just after the man told him he had a gun "did what he had to do", a defense attorney argued Monday. He testified forcefully Friday that he saw Castile's gun and that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull it out of his pocket.

"I had no other choice".

The prosecution tried to argue to the judge on Tuesday that the jury should be given access to the transcript, but the defense disagreed. "I thought I was going to die", he said in response to questions from his attorney.

Yanez's manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments in which they recapped their versions of a shooting that drew extra attention because Castile's girlfriend livestreamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

Prosecutor Rick Dusterhoft recounted those moments while trying to discredit the officer's claim that he saw Castile reach for a gun.

This is why this case should concern every police officer in America. His police union is paying for his attorney fees.

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

Bill Kirkos reported from St. Paul, and Holly Yan reported and wrote from Atlanta.

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