Deliberations continue in trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez

Posted June 14, 2017

He also alluded to testimony from defense witnesses who portrayed Yanez as a good and honest man.

The jurors will consider each of the criminal offenses brought against Yanez separately. Was Castile putting his hands up, like she said in her video, or was it just one hand?

The jury has to find three elements to convict Yanez of second-degree manslaughter: that the death occurred, Yanez caused the death of Castile by culpable negligence, and Yanez's actions took place on July 6, 2016 in Ramsey County. During the trial, Reynolds said she and Castile had used marijuana, and a subsequent autopsy found traces of the drug in his blood. That's enough to pull your gun out and end the threat. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

After Castile disclosed that he had a firearm, Yanez can be heard saying, "OK don't reach for it then".

The statement was projected on a screen in white, bold lettering along with other various statements and main points.

Paulsen reminded the jury that a bullet hit Castile in what would have been his trigger finger - but there was no bullet damage around his pocket where he had the gun. And he said Yanez was afraid for his life. They were to present their closing argument later Monday.

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Judge William H. Leary III looks on during the questioning of Emanuel Kapelsoh, a use-of-force expert testifying for Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

Reynolds, Castile's girlfriend, didn't just watch her boyfriend die slowly right next to her.

"Being nervous is not a reason to shoot and kill somebody", federal prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen said during his closing remarks in the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul.

Gray immediately said he wanted to "get rid of that theory". Defense attorneys highlighted inconsistencies in Reynolds' statements to investigators to try to raise doubts about her honesty.

Gray brought to jurors' attention the THC in Castile's system at the time of his death. He said Castile disregarded the officer's orders and reached for his gun because he was stoned on marijuana.

"Shots fired", Yanez told police dispatch.

Castile had informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.

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At this point, Yanez may have been concerned or even threatened, according to Gray.

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 defense attorney then asked jurors, "Why else would he do this?" It also requires that the decision be a "reasonable" one.

Yanez resorted to deadly force "before he was sure", Paulsen said.

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"The determination of reasonableness must embody allowance for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments about the force that is necessary in a particular situation under circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving", the instructions state. It will return Tuesday morning to continue deliberating.

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