ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected moving the manslaughter trial of a police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a black motorist.
Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez asked the appeals court to reverse the trial judge’s ruling against a change of venue.READ MORE: Burnsville Police Seek Public's Help Locating Missing Man
But Chief Justice Edward Cleary wrote Thursday the appeals court will not reverse that decision unless the lower court “clearly abused its discretion.”
The defense claims Yanez, who is Latino, won’t get a fair trial in Ramsey County because of pretrial publicity.READ MORE: Man Taken Into Custody After Shooting, Standoff With Duluth Police
Yanez attorney Earl Gray says the defense probably will petition the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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