Closing arguments set in police officer’s manslaughter trial

This still image taken from video by Diamond Reynolds shows a police officer pointing a gun at her boyfriend, Philando Castile, during a traffic stop on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in Falcon Heights, Minn. The officer shot Castile, and Reynolds apparently livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook from the passenger seat. As the video and word of the shooting spread, scores of people gathered at the scene and outside the hospital where Castile died. (Diamond Reynolds via AP)

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Closing arguments are set for Monday in a Minnesota police officer’s manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

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. Castile had informed Yanez when the officer approached Castile’s car that he was carrying a gun.

The shooting drew widespread attention after Castile’s girlfriend streamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

The jury is expected to begin considering the case later Monday after just five days of testimony, evidence and arguments.

The trial was capped by Yanez’s first public words on the case since Castile died. He testified forcefully Friday that he saw Castile’s gun and that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull it out of his pocket.

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