Closing arguments set in police officer's manslaughter trial


Yanez's attorney, Earl Gray, reminded the jury of the officer's testimony that Castile looked like a man who robbed a convenience store four days earlier. Defense Attorney Paul Engh leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse after presenting closing arguments in the case of Jeronimo Yanez in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Twelve jurors are in their second day of deliberations in the manslaughter case against Yanez.

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

The judge denied the jury's request to get transcripts of squad vehicle audio and of Yanez's statement to investigators the day after the shooting. Yanez shot him seconds after Castile volunteered during a traffic stop that he was carrying a firearm.

Defense attorney Earl Gray did not pull punches during his closing argument, saying prosecutors had "failed miserably in proving beyond a reasonable doubt".

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

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. Reynolds said she showed the video because she did not trust police. Castile's gun permit was later found in his wallet.

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

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm, all felonies.

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"Among them was KingDemetrius Pendleton, a 47-year-old Minneapolis man who was wearing a T-shirt with Castile's photo that says "Justice 4 Philando", and "Hands Up Don't Shoot", with the hashtag "#BlackLivesMatter".

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.

Things escalated quickly from there, with Yanez opening fire seven seconds later and striking the 32-year-old cafeteria worker with five of the seven shots he fired.

"The victim in this case was a good man too", Paulsen said, and referred to Castile's job at an elementary school. In his interview with the BCA, Yanez said, "I know he had an was dark". And Yanez saw a gun and feared for his life, Gray added. Yanez's backup testified that Yanez told him he saw a gun.

As Paulsen concluded his closing statements, the judge instructed the jurors that "culpable negligence" is a high level of negligence - gross negligence coupled with recklessness.

Last week, Reynolds explained her snap decision to record the traffic stop: "Because I know that the people are not protected against the police". She said: "We need to just stand in solidarity".

After three white alternates were dismissed following closing arguments, the 12-member jury includes two blacks. She says, "This is no longer about Philando; this is about humanity".

Now, a jury must decide whether Yanez should be convicted of three charges against him: one count of second-degree manslaughter for the death of Castile, and two counts of "intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety" for shooting into a auto with Reynolds and her daughter inside.