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No verdict Wednesday in Philando Castile case

Posted June 14

The jury in the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota officer charged in the killing Philando Castile ended a third day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

Jurors were dismissed for the day and will resume deliberations Thursday morning.

Judge William Leary III had earlier Wednesday told jurors -- then in their 19th hour of deliberations -- to continue working to reach a verdict.

"You should not hesitate to reexamine your views and change your opinion if you become convinced they are erroneous but you should not surrender your honest opinion simply because other jurors disagree or merely to reach a verdict," the judge said in rereading jury instructions in the trial of St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

If convicted, Yanez faces up to 20 years in prison on charges from the July 6, 2016, shooting, which led to nationwide protests and renewed debate over excessive force after Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the incident on Facebook Live.

In that Facebook video, Castile -- bleeding heavily -- insists that he hadn't been reaching for his gun, which he had a permit to carry. Reynolds said Castile was reaching for his ID in his back pocket when he was shot. But during closing arguments on Monday, Yanez's lawyer said Castile reached for his gun after the officer told him not to.

During the two-week trial, prosecutors have portrayed Yanez as a nervous officer who lost control of his traffic stop. He was too quick to pull the trigger after learning Castile had a gun based on an unreasonable suspicion that he was a robbery suspect, prosecutors said.

The jury, which has been deliberating since Monday, asked Tuesday to rewatch the videos of the fatal encounter.


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