ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Latest in the murder trial of a Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop (all times are local):
A Minnesota jury has ended a fourth day of deliberations without a verdict in the manslaughter trial of a police officer who killed a black motorist.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July 6, in the St. Paul-the suburb. The Latino officer fired seconds after Castile at the height Yanez he was carrying a gun.
Yanez testified that Castile was pulling the gun against his instructions and he feared for his life. Prosecutors say he overreacted and that Castile was not a threat.
Thursday deliberations passed by, with no sudden hearings, or requests to review the evidence. On Wednesday, the apparent deadlock jury was summoned to court by the judge and told that the deliberations.
A Minnesota jury is back for the fourth day of deliberations in the trial of a police officer charged with murder in the death of a black motorist.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez, a 29-year-old Latino, shot Philando Castile five times in just a few seconds after Castile informed him that he was with a gun. Castile had a permit and the prosecutors say Yanez overreacted to a non-threat.
Yanez testified that Castile was to pull out the gun, despite his orders, and he feared for his life.
The jury seems to be struggling. Judge William Leary urged them in a short hearing Wednesday to keep working.
The 12-member panel includes two black members and no Latinos.