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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jury re-watches 2 key videos in police shooting of motorist


However, a request by the jury to be given the transcripts of the squad video were denied.

Yanez capped the trial's first week of testimony on Friday by taking the stand to say that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull out his gun.

The judge did not allow them to use any of the BCA interview video during that cross examination.

Now on trail for second-degree manslaughter, Yanez told jurors that the shooting was justified because he had feared for his life.

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 defense attorney also refuted the inconsistencies in Yanez's statements using the word "it" instead of "gun".

Danny Givens, posted on behalf of the family Tuesday, asking for no protests, rallies or marching until a verdict is in.

Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officers manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez is charged with killing Philando Castile following a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights. Yanez shot him seconds after Castile volunteered during a traffic stop that he was carrying a firearm.

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 Star Tribune reports that the jury of five women and seven men, including just two people of color, received the case at 1:10 p.m. local time Monday.

Prosecutors called several witnesses to try to show that Yanez never saw the gun and acted recklessly and unreasonably.

Toward the conclusion of his closing argument, Gray told jurors that if they take in all the facts of the case they'll see that the state "failed miserably".

After he shot Castile, Yanez is heard on the squad vehicle video telling a supervisor variously that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, then that he told Castile to get his hand off it. Yanez testified Friday that he meant that he didn't know where the gun was "up until I saw it in his right thigh area". "It doesn't make sense".

There's just too much doubt to whether or not Yanez saw Castile's gun, Paulsen told the jury.

"You appear to be unsure of what you saw", Dusterhoft said a few questions later. "He wasn't even close to being sure", he said. "But it isn't a hard case when it comes to assigning criminal liability".

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.

By early afternoon Monday, the prosecution and defense had made their final arguments. Reynolds said Castile was reaching for his ID in his back pocket when he was shot. Gray said prosecutors were taking the statements out of context.

Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the immediate aftermath live on Facebook, which brought the case extra attention.

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".

The jury heard closing arguments Monday and deliberated for about a half-day.

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