Yanez’s attorneys filed a request to move the trial earlier this week, arguing the news coverage surrounding Castile’s death and comments by the governor and county attorney could be intimidating to a jury, and would hinder Yanez’s ability to receive a fair trial in the Twin Cities.
District Court Judge William H. Leary III disagreed, denying the defense’s motion — and several others — in an order handed down Thursday afternoon.
Defense attorneys also requested the testimony of a state expert on use of force be excluded, which Judge Leary also denied.
Yanez shot and killed Castile during a traffic stop in July. He’s now facing manslaughter and weapons charges for the shooting. The trial is set for May 30.