Deliberations resume in police officer's manslaughter trial

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

In its second day of deliberations, jurors returned to court to again see dashcam video captured by Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad vehicle of the stop that led to 32-year-old Philando Castile's death.

Castile had informed Yanez when the officer approached Castile's auto that he was carrying a gun.

At this point in time the officer was "not listening" and Castile was shot five times in the chest without being told to stop, Paulsen said.

The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker was one in a string of black men to die at the hands of police in recent years, and his death drew additional attention because his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

The jury will begin deliberations on Monday afternoon.

For the two counts of unsafe 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.

Last week, Reynolds explained her snap decision to record the traffic stop: "Because I know that the people are not protected against the police".

The judge denied the jury's request to get transcripts of squad auto audio and of Yanez's statement to investigators the day after the shooting.

The prosecutor said Yanez's defense team may tell you that the shooting was Castile's fault since Castile had marijuana in his system, but Paulsen said there is no credible evidence that he was actually impaired.

Defense attorney Earl Gray leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul Minn. on Monday
Defense attorney Earl Gray leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul Minn. on Monday

The mother of a black man fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer last July says her son shouldn't have died the way he did.

Gray went on to say that Yanez was traumatized and that "he saw the gun". He also cited testimony from first responders who saw Castile's gun in his pocket as he was loaded onto a backboard.

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.

The Ramsey County judge hearing the case hasn't said in open court how long each side will get for closing arguments.

In his final instructions to the jury, Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III pointed that out - and also defined what the jury's legal standard should be to convict Yanez of the individual charges. That video began only after Castile had already been shot five times.

Yanez is facing charges for second-degree murder and unsafe discharge of a firearm. Defense attorneys highlighted inconsistencies in Reynolds' statements to investigators to try to raise doubts about her honesty.

He told the jury "drugs and guns don't mix", and that Castile being stoned contributed to his failing to follow Offier Yanez's command not to reach for the gun.

Castile looked like a man who robbed a convenience store days earlier, Yanez's attorney Early Gray argued to the jury. Unlike other officers that have been charged with manslaughter, this suspect had a gun.

He said it was reasonable to deduce that Castile had smoked marijuana the day of the shooting because THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis, was found in his blood. The rest are white, and no jurors are Latino.

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