Jury Deadlocked in Minnesota Police Shooting Case

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Jurors in the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony, Mn., police officer Jeronimo Yanez are struggling to reach an agreement about whether Yanez acted recklessly when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. After about 14 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury told Judge William Leary they were deadlocked. The judge reminded jurors of their commitment to the case before sending them back to continue deliberations.

Jurors received the case around 1 p.m. Monday after the prosecution and defense completed their closing arguments. Yanez is charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s death and two counts of dangerous discharge of a weapon for endangering the lives of two other passengers when he fired seven bullets into Castile’s car last summer. Yanez maintains he acted in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty. Hamline University Prof. David Schultz said judges have wide discretion in deciding how long to let a jury deliberate before declaring a mistrial. Schultz said he expects Leary will give jurors until the weekend.

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