ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota jury will have to decide whether a police officer was justified when he fatally shot a black motorist just seconds after the elementary school cafeteria worker informed him he had a gun.
Closing arguments were set for Monday in the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop July 6 in a case that drew widespread attention after Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook. The jury was expected to begin considering the case later Monday after just five days of testimony, evidence and arguments.
Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and with two lesser counts of endangering the safety of Reynolds and her daughter for firing his gun into the car near them.
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