MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new judge has been assigned in the trial of Jeronimo Yanez for the death of Philando Castile.
Yanez, a St. Anthony Police officer, shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile, who is black, during a traffic stop last July. Yanez was charged with manslaughter in the incident in November.READ MORE: St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell Won’t Seek 2nd Term In June: 'This Isn’t Goodbye'
Attorneys representing Yanez filed a notice last month to remove Ramsey County Judge Edward Wilson from the case last month. Under Minnesota law, attorneys from both the prosecution and defense can strike one judge from a criminal case without giving a reason.READ MORE: Man Charged With Killing Bridget O'Keefe Dunn In Hit-And-Run Says He Thought He Hit Dog Or Sign
Wilson was appointed to the bench in 1987 by Gov. Rudy Perpich and is the second-most senior judge in the district.MORE NEWS: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
On Wednesday, a new judge was assigned to the trial: Judge William Leary. He was appointed to the court by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2002 and recently won re-election.