What exactly does the jury have to decide in officer Jeronimo Yanez’s manslaughter trial? GoMN spoke with Scott Swanson, J.D., a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, to learn more about how this process works.
He said it all comes down to whether or not the jury decides the shooting was justified.
Both sides gave their closing arguments Monday, before the jury began deliberations to determine whether officer Yanez acted unreasonably when he fatally shot 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.