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Minnesota officer's trial to stay in St. Paul

17 Mai 2017

The shooting's aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was in the auto. It happened during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.

A Minnesota judge ruled Tuesday that jurors in the murder case of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a police officer in July, will not be able to see his vehicle in person during the trial.

Leary ruled the defense cannot bring up Castile's previous marijuana consumption but can present it as evidence from the day of the shooting.

Defense attorney Earl Gray said they didn't get everything they wanted, but got what they needed.

The defense will be able to introduce evidence they claim proves Castile was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the shooting.

The 29-year-old Yanez, who is Hispanic, faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of risky discharge of a firearm stemming from the July 6 incident in Falcon Heights.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez, 29, was charged with manslaughter for the killing Philando Castile.

The Yanez trial is scheduled to begin May 30.

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Ramsey County prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen said the prosecution's expert would go against that assessment.

The defense can't mention a separate assault case Reynolds is now charged in.

Her attorneys have said that she is innocent of the charges and that she plans to plead not guilty.

Defense attorney Paul Engh had requested that Yanez be allowed to re-enact for jurors what he saw at the auto window before deciding to fire into the vehicle.

The judge also told the defense they would not be allowed to ask Philando Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, about whether she told the truth to police officers earlier this year when she was arrested and questioned in an unrelated crime. The judge is banning signs, buttons or clothing that calls attention to the case, Castile or any witnesses. "We have enough there to easily win this case".

Ramsey County Judge William Leary III denied St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez's defense team's request, meaning he can not reenact the events that led to the July 6 shooting.

The Minnesota State Supreme Court also weighed in on the case Tuesday, denying a defense request to move the trial to another county, a request that was previously rejected by Judge Leary and the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Minnesota officer's trial to stay in St. Paul