Jury breaks with no verdict in officer's trial

Closing arguments are set for Monday, June 12, in a Minnesota police officers manslaughter trial in the death of a black motorist.

St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter after he shot and killed Philando Castile, 32, in July in an incident that drew national attention and led to weeks of protests in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Yanez shot him seconds after Castile volunteered during a traffic stop that he was carrying a firearm.

During his testimony Friday, Yanez said he saw Castile's hand on a gun.

Two of the seven shots fired by Yanez missed Castile and nearly hit the girlfriend in the passenger seat, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter in the back seat, Paulsen said.

Defense Attorney Paul Engh leaves the Ramsey County Courthouse after presenting closing arguments in the case of Jeronimo Yanez in St. Paul, Minn. on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Reynolds said that as Yanez continued to point his weapon into the auto after firing several shots, she feared for her safety and that of her 4-year-old daughter, who was also in the vehicle. Officers then removed Castile from the auto and attempted to revive him.

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Squad vehicle video played repeatedly for the jury last week shows the situation escalated quickly, with Yanez shooting Castile just seconds after the driver volunteered, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

"You didn't say he grabbed a gun", Dusterhoft said.

Paulsen reminded the jury that a bullet hit Castile in what would have been his trigger finger - but there was no bullet damage around his pocket where he had the gun. Jurors were to return Tuesday morning.

The most serious charge, second-degree manslaughter, the instructions noted, is defined as killing someone through what's known as "culpable negligence".

Prosecutors earlier argued Yenez never saw Castile with a gun, and had plenty of options that did not involve shooting Castile. They also argued that Castile had smoked marijuana before the traffic stop and was stoned, which influenced his actions. Castile is then heard saying, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me".

Paulsen asked the jury to consider what might have happened if Yanez, when told of the gun, would have stepped back a few feet to better assess the situation. "No", Yanez said, "I was sure".

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Paulsen also pointed out that Yanez was the only witness to testify that he smelled burnt marijuana.

"We all know this is a sad case". Prosecution use-of-force expert Jeffrey Noble testified there was "absolutely no reason" to believe Castile was a threat. Paulsen is assisting the Ramsey County attorney's office on the case.

As for the other felonies, the jury must decide that Yanez "intentionally" discharged his gun "under circumstances that endangered the safety of another person".

Gray immediately said he wanted to "get rid of that theory".

The defense attorney also refuted the inconsistencies in Yanez's statements using the word "it" instead of "gun".

Gray went on to say that Yanez was traumatized and that "he saw the gun". "That wasn't my intention", Yanez said while wiping tears from his eyes, CNN affiliate WCCO reported.

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In his rebuttal, Paulsen reiterated to jurors that there was no credible evidence Castile was under the influence of marijuana and one can not conclude he was under the influence simply because THC was in his system.

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