Philando Castile death: Officer's fate now in jury's hands


Castile had a permit for the weapon.

Paulsen reminded the jury of the recorded statements on Monday, saying they should consider them accurate. Jurors are set to return to the Ramsey County Courthouse Tuesday morning to continue their work.

Paulsen went back to the brief conversation Castile had with Yanez that night - and the fact Castile told him he had a firearm, as the dash camera showed - as further proof of why it wouldn't make sense for Castile to be motivated to pull it out and use it.

The 15-member jury includes two black people.

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

He says Yanez legitimately thought Castile was a robbery suspect.

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad vehicle 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. Yanez testified Friday that he meant that he didn't know where the gun was "up until I saw it in his right thigh area".

Prosecutor Rick Dusterhoft recounted those moments while trying to discredit the officer's claim that he saw Castile reach for a gun. "This is a classic example of why, if you are a user of drugs, even marijuana, you're not allowed to have a gun", Gray said.

The defense argued that the use of deadly force was justified because the officer saw Castile going for his gun and that Castile disobeyed his instructions. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

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.

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An attorney for Yanez told jurors Monday afternoon that his client was not to be blamed for the July 6 shooting. Delivered at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.

A Minnesota jury has ended its second day of deliberations without a verdict in the trial of a police officer who fatally shot a black motorist.

Closing arguments were expected at midmorning in the trial of police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez.

"The victim in this case was a good man too", Paulsen said, and referred to Castile's job at an elementary school.

Valerie Castile, right, leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse alongside Judge Glenda Hatchett, left, in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, last July in an incident that drew national attention and led to weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Gray argued that it would be wrong to do so because if Castile was in fact the robber, Yanez would have placed himself in a situation to be shot.

Upon request, both the dashcam video and Diamond Reynolds' Facebook Live broadcast were replayed for the jury.

The jury heard closing arguments Monday and deliberated for about a half-day.

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