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

Danny Woods
June 14, 2017

He is among several American police officers facing juries this spring.

She also told several different stories about marijuana in the vehicle, first saying it was hers, later saying in an interview that she and Castile bought it earlier that day, and finally testifying that it was Castile who bought it, not her. Yanez shot Castile seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a handgun.

Paulsen explained to jurors that even if Castile pulled the gun, no bullets were in the gun's chamber at the time and Castile would have had to use both hands to fire the gun anyway. The jury includes no Latino members.

Reynolds said that as Yanez continued to point his weapon into the auto after firing several shots, she feared for her safety and that of her 4-year-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle.

He faces up to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge. Yanez shot the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker seconds after Castile informed him he had a gun during a traffic stop.

Toward the conclusion of his closing argument, Gray told jurors that if they take in all the facts of the case they'll see that the state "failed miserably". 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.

That BCA interview does show some discrepancies that the prosecution is depending on - such as Yanez saying he saw an "object" but not definitively saying it was a gun, as he did while on the stand.

Gray says the case is a classic example why guns and drugs don't mix.

For the two counts of risky discharge of a firearm, jurors will need to decide whether the officer discharged his firearm under circumstances that endangered Reynolds and her daughter, Dae-Anna.

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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.

Yanez, who is Latino, testified last week that he saw a gun and that the driver, who was black, ignored his commands not to pull it out.

Prosecutor Jeff Paulsen highlighted autopsy evidence in his closing argument, reminding 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.

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As Paulsen concluded his closing statements, the judge instructed the jurors that "culpable negligence" is a high level of negligence - gross negligence coupled with recklessness.

Clarence Castile, uncle of Philando Castile, leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017. That video began only after Castile had already been shot five times. Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

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.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the immediate aftermath live on Facebook, which brought the case extra attention.

The jury will begin deliberations on Monday afternoon.

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