Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

Posted June 13, 2017

The defense argued that the use of deadly force was justified because the offer saw Castile going for his gun and that Castile disobeyed his instructions. Castile had a permit for the weapon.

So what are the legal standards that the jury will have to consider as they begin deliberations?

If convicted of manslaughter, Yanez could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

He said it was reasonable to deduce that Castile had smoked marijuana the day of the shooting because THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis, was found in his blood.

A 15-member jury was pared to 12 after closing arguments wrapped up and three alternates were dismissed. The jury includes no Latino members. And he said Yanez was afraid for his life. Gray hit the issue again in his closing. He says Yanez legitimately thought Castile was a robbery suspect.

After Castile was stopped, Yanez asked him to present his driver's license and insurance card.

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

Reynolds said last week that she showed the video because she did not trust police.

Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and two lesser counts of endangering the safety of Reynolds and her daughter for firing his gun into the auto near them. He also cited testimony from first responders of Castile's gun falling out of his pocket as he was loaded onto a backboard.

He also argued Yanez could have taken steps short of shooting. Delivered at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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.

Closing arguments were expected at midmorning in the trial of police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez.

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

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on 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.

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.

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 officer shot five times, seconds after Castile told him he was carrying a gun.

The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker was one in a string of black men to die at the hands of police in recent years, and his death drew additional attention because his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

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