ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest in the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop (all times local):
Defense attorneys for a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a black motorist say the jury won’t deliberate over the weekend if they can’t reach a verdict Friday.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged in the July 6 death of Philando Castile. The 32-year-old school cafeteria worker was shot seconds after he informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.
Attorney Earl Gray told reporters after meeting with the judge Friday afternoon that the jury would be discharged until Monday if they don’t agree by day’s end.
A court spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Yanez testified that Castile disregarded his orders not to pull out his gun. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Latino officer overreacted.
Jurors considering the fate of a Minnesota police officer who killed a black motorist opened their fifth day of deliberations by asking to have the officer’s entire testimony re-read to them.
Judge William Leary told jurors Friday that he was denying the request. He said the reasons were unimportant, and he sent them back to work.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile. Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb after Castile informed the officer he was carrying a gun. Castile had a permit for the firearm.
Yanez has testified that Castile ignored his commands not to pull out the gun and he feared for his life. Prosecutors argue he overreacted to a man who wasn’t a threat.
On Wednesday, the apparently deadlocked jury was summoned to court by the judge and told to keep deliberating. Thursday’s deliberations passed quietly.
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