Jury breaks with no verdict in officer's trial

Posted June 14, 2017

Jurors were to return Tuesday morning.

He urged a jury to clear the officer.

In his statement to the BCA about what he saw in Castile's hand, Paulsen claimed Yanez said, "I know he had an object and it was dark". The final group of a dozen jurors includes both black jurors who heard testimony.

An attorney for a Minnesota police officer charged in the shooting death of a black motorist a year ago says the officer "did what he had to do".

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 vehicle near them. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

Gray used his closing argument to tell the jury that Yanez had plenty of justification for shooting.

"We have this fellow who looks like the robbery (suspect), he (the officer) smells marijuana, and he says, "Don't reach for it" - and he (Castile) is ignoring him", Gray said Monday.

Reynolds' video of the gruesome aftermath of the shooting was shared widely, and included her statements that Castile hadn't been reaching for his gun.

"I told him, 'Don't pull it out, ' " Yanez testified in court, adding that he tried to distract Philando, but "he continued to pull his firearm out of his pocket".

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

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

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Prosecutor Jeff Paulsen argued that autopsy evidence showed 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. He also alluded to testimony from defense witnesses who portrayed Yanez as a good and honest man.

The top headlines from JournalStar.com. Yanez has been charged with manslaughter.

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

Yanez previously said he was justified in stopping Castile's auto because he resembled a suspect in a convenience store robbery, court documents said.

In his instructions to jurors, Ramsey County judge William Leary emphasized the solemnity of the role of the jury: "The responsibility that rests upon you should be borne courageously and without fear or favor". Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officer’s manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

Jeronimo Yanez, a 29-year-old Latino officer, is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile.

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on squad auto 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.

After the shooting, the Facebook Live video showed Yanez keeping his gun aimed at Castile while he waited for backup.

The Star Tribune reports that the jury of five women and seven men, including just two people of color, received the case at 1:10 p.m. local time Monday.

The trial was capped by Yanez's first public words on the case since Castile died.