Jury deliberates on the fate of Minnesota cop who shot Philando Castile
By Brian Seay
Philando Castile, left, and Jeronimo Yanez (Photo: CBS)
Jurors concluded the second day of deliberations without a verdict Tuesday in the trial of a police officer who shot and killed a black man last summer in a St. Paul suburb.
On Friday, Officer Jeronimo Yanez, on trial for one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Philando Castile, took the witness stand.
“I was scared to death. I thought I was going to die,” Officer Yanez said, at one point crying on the stand. “I had no choice.”
Yanez, who is Mexican-American, fired seven times at Castile during a traffic stop on July 6 in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Five of those rounds hit him. Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live, showing a frantic Yanez yelling and pointing his weapon at Castile, who sat slumped over and bloodied in the driver’s seat.
“He’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out of his pocket and he let the officer know he had a firearm and he was reaching for his wallet. And the officer shot him in his arm,” the girlfriend