Hearing in Case Against Office Charged in Philando Castile’s Death
ST. PAUL (AP) – A judge is set to hear arguments on whether to dismiss the case against a Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a July traffic stop.
St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez is charged with manslaughter and other counts int he July 6 shooting of Philando Castile.
Prosecutors have said Castile was shot after he told Yanez he was armed. Thirty-two-year-old Castile was licensed to carry a weapon.
Yanez’s attorneys have said Castile was reaching for his gun and that the shooting was justified. They will argue at a hearing Wednesday that the case should be dismissed.
Prosecutors disagree. They’ve filed documents saying issues raised by the defense should be decided by a jury.
Castile’s girlfriend streamed the shootings aftermath live on Facebook.