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Seconds podcast: The jury deliberates

15 Juin 2017

A Minnesota jury has ended its first partial day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of a police officer who fatally shot a black motorist previous year during a traffic stop.

As reported by the Star Tribune, 29-year-old Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm in the July 6 shooting of Philando, 32, in Falcon Heights.

A Minnesota jury will have to decide whether a police officer was justified when he fatally shot a black motorist just seconds after the elementary school cafeteria worker informed him he had a gun.

In that Facebook video, Castile - bleeding heavily - insists that he hadn't been reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry.

The jury will begin deliberations on Monday afternoon. Jurors were to return Tuesday morning.

Gray agreed that the officer did not say the gun was black in his initial statements, but Gray made clear that the reason was because Yanez "had just been traumatized".

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.

Gray said Yanez had plenty of justification for shooting, because he thought Castile was a robbery suspect. "[Yanez] sees the gun and [Castile] doesn't follow orders".

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.

The finger was injured during the incident and Paulsen explained to jurors that the photo is additional evidence that Castile's trigger finger could have not been in his pocket or on the gun when he was shot.

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Castile was shot seconds after he informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.

Yanez then fired seven shots. I didn't want to shoot Mr. Castile.

That is not a crime and nothing in case law says that police officers must start from the lowest use of force option, especially when a gun is at play.

In his rebuttal, Paulsen reiterated to jurors that there was no credible evidence Castile was under the influence of marijuana and one can not conclude he was under the influence simply because THC was in his system.

Castile's July 2016 killing received worldwide attention when his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the vehicle with her 4-year-old daughter, live-streamed the immediate aftermath on Facebook.

Conviction on the manslaughter charge requires the jury to find Yanez guilty of "culpable negligence", which the judge described in jury instructions as gross negligence with an element of recklessness.

Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officer's manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

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. The rest are white, and no jurors are Latino.

The Ramsey County judge hearing the case hasn't said in open court how long each side will get for closing arguments. Gray said prosecutors were taking the statements out of context.