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

St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was charged with second-degree manslaughter, was covered nationally and led to weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis after he fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, last July. The officer shot the driver five times seconds after Castile told him he was carrying a gun.

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

Jurors returned to court briefly Tuesday morning to re-watch two key videos in the case.

To convict, a jury would have to believe that a veteran police officer simply walked up to a vehicle and shot a man without seeing any threats.

Gray said Yanez had plenty of justification for shooting, because he thought Castile was a robbery suspect.

Paulsen spent a considerable amount of time questioning why Yanez would say Castile was going for his gun when it made zero sense for him to do so.

That BCA interview does show some discrepancies that the prosecution is depending on - such as Yanez saying he saw an "object" but not definitively saying it was a gun, as he did while on the stand.

According to the Star Tribune, Paulsen showed the jury a picture of Castile's right index finger-his trigger finger-which was grazed with a bullet wound. The jury also asked to review the transcript of Yanez's interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but the judge denied the request.

"He did what he was supposed to do", the prosecutor said.

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"I'm not pulling it out", Castile said, in the audio of the police tape. Officer Yanez might have heard that Castile was reaching for his wallet, he added.

The jury has to find three elements to convict Yanez of second-degree manslaughter: that the death occurred, Yanez caused the death of Castile by culpable negligence, and Yanez's actions took place on July 6, 2016 in Ramsey County.

As for the other felonies, the jury must decide that Yanez "intentionally" discharged his gun "under circumstances that endangered the safety of another person".

"We know my son shouldn't have died in the manner that he had died because that officer had enough time to make a pertinent decision whether or not to use deadly force", Castile said.

Valerie Castile, right, leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse alongside Judge Glenda Hatchett, left, in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

The officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July 2016 testified in court Friday that he fired his gun because he feared for his life.

Yanez's manslaughter trial went to a jury after both sides gave closing arguments in which they recapped their versions of a shooting that drew extra attention because Castile's girlfriend livestreamed the gruesome aftermath on Facebook.

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

They must unanimously agree about whether Yanez was guilty or not guilty on each of the three charges Yanez faces: second-degree manslaughter and two counts of felony unsafe discharge of a firearm. Gray said prosecutors were taking the statements out of context. "I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all", he replied.

During the trial, Reynolds said she and Castile had used marijuana, and a subsequent autopsy found traces of the drug in his blood.

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