As Jeronimo Yanez case draws to a close, 3 key points from the trial

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday.

The jury is set to begin deliberations in officer Jeronimo Yanez's manslaughter trial.

Both sides will give their closing arguments Monday, before the jury begins deliberations to determine whether officer Yanez acted unreasonably when he fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016.

Yanez, 29, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm, marking what's believed to be the first time in Minnesota an officer has been prosecuted for fatally shooting a person while on duty.

Here's a look at a few key things that happened during the trial, which included five days of testimony that focused a lot on whether Castile was reaching for his gun or his wallet.

– Yanez took the stand in his own trial on Friday (the last day of testimony), saying he "thought he was going to die" before he shot Castile. He told the jury he saw Castile's gun, adding Castile didn't listen to his orders.

– Prosecutors played dash cam video from the incident, arguing Yanez never gave Castile clear instructions to "freeze" or stop moving, The Associated Press reports. Experts testified for the prosecution saying there was no reason for Yanez to believe Castile was a threat, and argued Yanez never saw Castile's gun before he fired seven shots at him, hitting him five times.

– The defense's expert, though, argued Yanez was in the right to shoot, and did what any other officer would have done in the same situation. The defense also argued Castile was partly to blame because he was high on marijuana, which led him to disobey Yanez's orders.

The jury is expected to hear closing arguments from both sides starting at 10 a.m. Monday, the Star Tribune says. It's not clear how long each side will have to make their statements.

After that, the jury will begin deliberations. They'll discuss until 4:30 p.m. Monday (unless they vote unanimously to stay until 6 p.m.), and if they don't come to a verdict, they'll return at 9 a.m. Tuesday to deliberate more, the Star Tribune notes.

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