A jury has found St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez was reasonable in his decision to shoot and kill Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last summer. The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations. It was delivered in a Ramsey County District Court courtroom packed with family members and friends of both Yanez and Castile.
ST. PAUL—Jurors in the manslaughter trial of a St. Anthony police officer are struggling to reach an agreement about whether Jeronimo Yanez acted recklessly when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer. After about 14 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury reconvened in a Ramsey County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon to tell presiding Judge William H. Leary III they were deadlocked. Leary reminded jurors of their commitment to the case before sending them back to continue deliberations.
ST. PAUL—In the most highly anticipated trial to take place in Minnesota in some time, one key element still remains up in the air: the jury. With the trial of the St. Anthony police officer charged in the death of Philando Castile opening Tuesday, the prosecution and defense will begin the arduous and often time-consuming task of deciding who will compose the 12-member panel that will decide their side's fate.