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What exactly is the jury weighing in the Yanez case?

19 June 2017

The jury was deliberating Tuesday after the prosecution and defense teams made closing statements in the trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter, was covered nationally and led to weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis after he fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, last July.

Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and with two lesser counts of endangering Reynolds and her then-4-year-old daughter for firing his gun into the auto near them.

In that Facebook video, Castile - bleeding heavily - insists that he hadn't been reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry.

The manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments Monday.

A jury weighing the fate of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a black motorist asked Tuesday to re-watch two key videos.

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Prosecutors called several witnesses to try to show that Yanez never saw the gun and acted recklessly and unreasonably. Before Castile finishes that sentence, Yanez has his hand on his own gun and is pulling it out of the holster.

Other officers soon arrived and Yanez is heard cursing and saying he told Castile to stop. He reminded the jury that a bullet hit Castile in what would have been his trigger finger - but there was no bullet damage around his pocket where he had the gun. The jury also requested transcripts of squad vehicle audio and of Yanez's statement to state investigators the day after the shooting, but the judge denied the request because defense attorneys did not agree.

The officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016 testified in court Friday that he fired his gun because he feared for his life.

Castile had the right to be treated like an "ordinary citizen" the night he was pulled over for a broken tail light, prosecutor Jeffrey Paulsen told jurors Monday morning. "That wasn't my intention", Yanez said, according to local outlet WCCO.

Valerie Castile, right, leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse alongside Judge Glenda Hatchett, left, in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017. "I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all", he replied.

Yanez then fired seven shots. The patrolman's shouted expletives at his targeted victim and claimed in court that he opened fire because Castile was reaching for a gun.

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For the two counts of risky discharge of a firearm, jurors will need to decide whether the officer discharged his firearm under circumstances that endangered Reynolds and her daughter, Dae-Anna.

Conviction on the manslaughter charge requires the jury to find Yanez guilty of "culpable negligence", which the judge described in jury instructions as gross negligence with an element of recklessness.

"None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile", Gray said. Closing arguments are set for Monday, Ju.

He said it was reasonable to deduce that Castile had smoked marijuana the day of the shooting because THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis, was found in his blood.

The 15-member jury includes two black people.

The defense attorney said Castile ignored Yanez's orders and "his hand was down here", demonstrating to jurors where Castile's hand was during the interaction. The rest are white.

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What exactly is the jury weighing in the Yanez case?