74 Seconds: The trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez
This is the archive of MPR News' live coverage of the trial, starting from the beginning. The newsroom also covered the trial and its aftermath on the air, online and in the 74 Seconds podcast.
Jury was split 10-2 early this week, juror saysUpdated 7:25 p.m. | Posted 5:04 p.m.Jon Collins | MPR NewsTwo of the 12 jurors in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez did not initially believe Yanez's testimony that he saw Philando Castile's gun before shooting the motorist during a traffic stop.
Dennis Ploussard said the two jurors, who were white, were holdouts on acquittal. He said the jury spent an entire day breaking down the legal definition of culpable negligence before the two relented Friday afternoon.
The jury then moved to a verdict, finding Yanez not guilty of manslaughter and felony gun charges tied to the shooting.
After the verdict was read, "we went back into the jury's room, we all bowed our heads in silence, and we did not say a word for at least five minutes,"Ploussard said in an interview with MPR News.
Ploussard told KARE 11 that there were "a lot of factors" that entered into the decision to acquit but "basically it was the way the law was written. We dissected it for at least five hours to put it in layman's terms so we could understand it .. understand what it meant."