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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 12: Yanez jury deadlocked; judge says keep working

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Updated 4:35 p.m. | Posted 3:02 p.m.
    Judge William H. Leary III (Nancy Muellner for MPR News)
    By Jon Collins and Riham Feshir | MPR News
    St. Paul -- Jurors weighing the fate of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez told the court on Wednesday they've been unable to reach a unanimous verdict on manslaughter and other felony charges tied to Yanez’s shooting of Philando Castile at a July 6 traffic stop.
    Judge William Leary responded by telling them to deliberate more. Jurors then went and worked until 4:30 p.m. before adjourning until Thursday morning.
    Yanez told the court on Friday that he was forced to shoot Castile after pulling him over on a Falcon Heights street 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, said 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.
    There was a heavier law enforcement presence both inside and outside the Ramsey County Courthouse Wednesday. Deputies were in stairwells and bike officers kept watch out front.
    The courthouse had been abuzz for nearly an hour during the afternoon before the jury confirmed around 3 p.m. that it was deadlocked. Defense attorneys and prosecutors arrived mostly one by one. The media lined up, the sheriff's deputy said nothing was happening, people sat down, and then more people arrived. 
    Castile's family and friends gathered in the hallway. Deputies led Yanez's family and friends into courtroom first, then Castile's supporters, then journalists.
    Jurors filed in and looked tense. A few in the front row looked upset.
    The judge read portions of the jury instructions to them, emphasizing the portions dealing with the responsibility of jurors to not let themselves be swayed from their honest opinion but to allow their earlier opinions to change if convinced.
    Yanez's lawyers declined comment Wednesday on the deadlocked jury.

    Clarence Castile, Philando's uncle, told reporters afterward it's important that the jurors "take their time and come up with a good decision. And that's what's important to me and my family and everybody else who's concerned, that they take their time and come up with the right decision."
    Asked if he was worried the trial will end in deadlock, he said, "No, I'm not worried whatsoever ... I got faith."
    The Castile family, he added, "is standing up real strong and just waiting, just like everybody else." 
    What's next
    Jurors are set to return Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to resume their deliberations.
    MPR News reporters George Dornbach and Danielle Wong contributed to this story.
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