Officer Yanez pleads not guilty in Philando Castile's death

His trial will begin May 30.
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As expected, Jeronimo Yanez pleaded not guilty to charges connected to the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Yanez, an officer with the St. Anthony Police Department, was charged with second-degree manslaughter for shooting 32-year-old Castile during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016. He also faces felony firearms charges in connection to the incident.

At a hearing Monday that lasted less than 3 minutes, Yanez pleaded not guilty to charges and his trial date was set for May 30, FOX 9's Paul Blume tweeted.

Yanez has maintained he did everything correctly when he shot Castile, noting he feared for his life. His attorneys tried to get the charges against him dropped, arguing Castile didn't obey the officer's orders.

However, Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III denied the motion earlier this month, writing Castile's behavior does not exonerate Yanez "because a victim’s unreasonable conduct is never an absolute defense to a criminal charge."

For the latest updates on the case, click here or here.

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