Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

Key developments in Minnesota officer's manslaughter trial

St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo (yeh-RON'-ih-moh) Yanez is charged with killing Philando Castile following a traffic stop last July in a St. Paul suburb. After Yanez approached the auto, Castile informed him that he was carrying a gun. Castile had a permit for the weapon.

Defense Attorney Paul Engh leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse after presenting closing arguments in the case of Jeronimo Yanez in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

In their second day of deliberations, jurors returned to court to again see dashcam video captured by Officer Jeronimo Yanez's squad vehicle that shows the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile.

The defense said that Yanez, 29, reacted to the presence of a gun and was trained to preserve his own life in the face of imminent danger, pointing out that traffic stops are risky and officers need to think quickly. He is among several American police officers facing juries this spring.

Prosecutors earlier argued Yenez never saw Castile with a gun, and had plenty of options that did not involve shooting Castile. They also suggested that Castile was partly to blame for his death because he was high on marijuana, which prosecutors dispute, and that he disobeyed Yanez's instructions.

That BCA interview does show some discrepancies that the prosecution is depending on - such as Yanez saying he saw an "object" but not definitively saying it was a gun, as he did while on the stand.

Paulsen 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.

Leary refused a jury request to view a post-shooting video interview with Yanez by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, excerpts of which were read in court.

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. I didn't want to shoot Mr. Castile.

Castile was shot seconds after he informed Yanez he was carrying a gun.

So what are the legal standards that the jury will have to consider as they begin deliberations?

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting in a now infamous Facebook Live video that showed Yanez crying after the shooting, prompting outrage and protests across the country. Clarence Castile, uncle of Philando Castile, leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

And the definition of "culpable negligence" is "intentional conduct that (Yanez) may not have meant to be harmful, but that an ordinary and reasonably prudent person would recognize as involving a strong possibility of injury to others".

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.

They must unanimously agree about whether Yanez was guilty or not guilty on each of the three charges Yanez faces: second-degree manslaughter and two counts of felony risky discharge of a firearm.

The jury has to find three elements to convict Yanez of second-degree manslaughter: that the death occurred, Yanez caused the death of Castile by culpable negligence, and Yanez's actions took place on July 6, 2016 in Ramsey County.

The 12-member jury includes two blacks. Five of the officer's seven shots struck Castile. The rest are white.