Jeronimo Yanez, a former Minnesota police officer on trial for fatally shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016, testified Friday he fired his weapon because Castile had his hand on a gun, not his wallet and identification papers. 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.
Deliberating for a second day, jurors asked the court to again watch dashcam video of the traffic stop that led to the death of 32-year-old school cafeteria worker Philando Castile.
A jury weighing the fate of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a black motorist asked Tuesday to re-watch two key videos. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter, then 4, were also in the auto. Five of the officer’s seven shots struck Castile. The final group of a dozen jurors includes both black jurors who heard testimony.
An attorney for a Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist past year says the officer “did what he had to do”.
Yanez was emotional throughout his testimony, claiming that fear overtook him during his exchange with Castile.
In closing, Gray told the jury, “It’s not that hard of a case”.
Yanez testified Friday he stopped Castile in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights because he thought Castile looked like one of two men who had robbed a nearby convenience store a few days earlier.
Paulsen spent a considerable amount of time questioning why Yanez would say Castile was going for his gun when it made zero sense for him to do so.
During his testimony Friday, Yanez said he saw Castile’s hand on a gun.
Gray went on to say that Yanez was traumatized and that “he saw the gun”.
A prosecutor is arguing that a Minnesota police officer never saw a gun before he shot and killed a black motorist past year during a traffic stop.
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.
The jury also made a request to view the transcript of the BCA interview conducted with Yanez, however, the judge denied that request because it was never submitted as evidence.
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Closing arguments were expected at midmorning in the trial of police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON’-ih-moh) Yanez.
In their second day of deliberations, jurors returned to court to again see dashcam video captured by Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s squad vehicle that shows the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile.
While Yanez remained firm that he saw a gun, he acknowledged he was under tremendous stress during the incident.
Paulsen rebutted the defense’s argument that Castile ignored Yanez’s commands not to reach for his gun.
The Ramsey County judge hearing the case hasn’t said in open court how long each side will get for closing arguments.
Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, is accused of fatally shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016.
The squad-car video shows Yanez approaching Castile’s vehicle and asking for a driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Reynolds’ video of the gruesome aftermath of the shooting was shared widely, and included her statements that Castile hadn’t been reaching for his gun.
Finally, Leary instructed the jury to return with a unanimous verdict, arrived upon after using “sincere judgement, sound discretion, and in accordance with the facts as you find them from the evidence and the law I have just given to you”, Leary’s instructions read.