MINNEAPOLIS – prosecutors handling the case against a Minnesota police officer accused of killing a black man during a traffic stop say statements the officer made to state investigators should be allowed on the process.
Defense attorneys for Jeronimo Yanez want to suppress an interview with the St. Anthony officer, to dismiss the most serious charge against him and the exclusion of an expert witness at the trial.
Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter and two other felonies in the death of Philando Castile, who was shot in Falcon Heights in July 2016. The shooting generated widespread attention when Castile’s girlfriend is online to see the aftermath on Facebook.
Prosecutors say Yanez an interview with the researchers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension of the day after Castile was killed was voluntary.
A motion hearing is scheduled for 4 April.