Yanez Jury Enters Day 4 of Deliberations

Drawing by Cedric Hohnstadt

– The jurors resumed deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the trial of St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez after appearing to be an impasse Wednesday afternoon.

Yanez is on trial for the shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016. The officer-involved shooting garnering national attention when Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the fatal incident on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, after more than two days of deliberating and still no verdict, Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leery III reread portions of the jury instructions to the potentially deadlocked jurors.

Judge Leery told the jurors to “deliberate with a view towards reaching agreement.”

“You should not hesitate to reexamine your views and change your opinion if you become convinced they are erroneous, but you should not surrender your honest opinion simply because other jurors disagree or merely to reach a verdict,” the judge read.

He then sent them back into the jury room to try again.

The jury received the case on Monday afternoon after a week of testimony. On Tuesday, they re-watched the dashcam video from Yanez’s squad car and Reynolds’ Facebook Live video. The jurors also asked to review the transcripts of the dashcam audio and Yanez’s interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but the judge denied both requests.

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