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74 Seconds: The trial of officer Jeronimo Yanez

In July 2016, officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb. The world watched the aftermath, live on Facebook. Yanez was charged in Castile's death. Jurors found him not guilty on all charges June 16, 2017.

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.
  • Day 11 | Yanez jury asks judge for another look at Castile shooting videos

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    Updated 10:45 a.m. | Posted 12:24 a.m.

    Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III presides over the trial of Jeronimo Yanez in St. Paul Monday. (Nancy Muellner for MPR News)
    By Riham Feshir | MPR News
    Jurors weighing the fate of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Tuesday asked the judge to let them review dashcam video that shows Yanez shooting and killing Philando Castile at a July traffic stop.
    Judge William Leary allowed the jurors to view in court the video from Yanez’s squad camera as well as the Facebook Live video shot by Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds showing the aftermath of the shooting, which was shared worldwide on social media.
    As jurors saw the videos again in court, some took notes. One juror appeared to be wiping away tears as she watched the Reynolds video, particularly the frames where Castile is groaning and his bloodied white T-shirt is visible.
    While Leary allowed the footage to be replayed, he denied jurors' request to have transcripts of the squad video brought to the jury room as part of the deliberations. He also denied them a transcript of the interview Yanez gave to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators following the shooting. The judge didn’t offer an explanation.
    Yanez, facing manslaughter and other felony charges tied to Castile's death, told the court on Friday that he was forced to shoot Castile because the driver was not complying with the officer's commands and was reaching for a gun. Yanez previously testified he’d stopped Castile because the driver resembled a suspect in a local convenience store robbery days earlier.
    Prosecutors, however, say Yanez never saw Castile’s gun, never told officers who responded to the scene or to his police dispatcher that there was a gun and shot recklessly, killing Castile.
    After the three alternates were excused Monday, the jury consisted of two African-Americans and 10 jurors who appear to be white. 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 dangerous discharge of a firearm.
    In his instructions to jurors, Leary emphasized the solemnity of the role of the jury: "The responsibility that rests upon you should be borne courageously and without fear or favor. Be fair and act honestly. Deliberate without prejudice, bias or sympathy and without regard to your own personal likes or dislikes. We will await your verdict."
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