Recording of Philando Castile’s death could be used in officer’s trial
Published 9:32 pm Thursday, May 11, 2017
ST. PAUL — Court documents show the arrest and driving record of a man fatally shot by police in a St. Paul suburb could be used by the defense when the officer who killed him goes on trial for manslaughter.
According to a press release, Philando Castile’s record is one of several exhibits lawyers want to use to defend St. Anthony Officer Jeronimo Yanez. The state could argue against its admissibility.
Yanez is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the July 6 fatal shooting in Falcon Heights. The defense also plans to use content from Diamond Reynolds’ Facebook page. She was Castile’s girlfriend who was in the car and live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook.
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Castile, who’s black, was pulled over by Yanez, who’s Hispanic, for a broken taillight.