Castile Trial Continues Today

ST. PAUL, Minn.-The jury hearing the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer is seeing graphic autopsy photos of a black man who was fatally shot last July.

Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker testified Wednesday that Philando Castile was hit by five of seven bullets fired by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. Two of the bullets did enough damage to Castile’s heart that either one would have been fatal.

Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop after Castile told Yanez he had a gun. Prosecutors say Yanez acted unreasonably, but the defense says the officer had to act quickly to protect himself.

Defense attorneys also have said Castile was stoned, contributing to his death. A toxicologist testified that it’s impossible to determine when Castile last smoked marijuana or whether he was intoxicated.

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