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Officer Jeronimo Yanez released on recognizance after hearing

Jeronimo Yanez made his first court appearance in the death of Philando Castile.

The St. Anthony police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile is out of jail on his own personal recognizance, but not everyone is happy about it.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez made his initial court appearance today. He's facing three felony charges including second-degree manslaughter in the death of Castile.

Yanez did not enter a plea at the hearing. Judge Mark Ireland allowed Yanez to be released on his own recognizance, he's due to appear in court Dec. 19.

"He walks outside the courtroom on personal recognizance. There are people in the African-American community right now who don't believe the man will be found guilty," Monte Lesure told WCCO. "How do you do that?"

Castile's first cousin, Nakia Wilson, was in the courtroom. She told ABC News that she was shaking during Yanez's appearance.

"It's a heavy wait for the next appearance," she said. "I just want justice served for my cousin."

Yanez was charged in Castile's death Wednesday. The incident happened July 6 when Yanez and another officer stopped Castile's vehicle, while his girlfriend – Diamond Reynolds – and her daughter were in the car.

Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the shooting live on Facebook. The shooting and the video sparked protests around the country.

Defense attorney, Tom Kelly, told The Associated Press that Yanez intends to plead not guilty.

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