April 02, 2019 10:27 PM
Attorneys will continue to trim down the number of would-be jurors in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, six people were dismissed based on their answers in a lengthy questionnaire for various reasons. One couldn't presume innocence in the case and has a friend who is a victim of a police shooting, another was tired of cops getting away with murder, knows what the verdict should be and has issues with Somali people, another already made up his mind that Noor is innocent, a candidate acknowledged he has bad mental illness, someone else said they know that money gets you off, that Noor was a fast-track hire, Justine Damond was unarmed and the shooting was unprovoked. The sixth said they know Damond's fiance and the head of the police union.
A group of 15 prospective jurors advanced and will face more in-depth questioning individually, in private, away from others on Wednesday.
Also, the answers of the 35 remaining candidates will be reviewed. The Judge, Kathryn Quaintance, said at the end of the day Tuesday, seating a jury panel is a priority. Then, she would move onto ruling on two contested motions: the use of a particular expert witness and whether jurors will see crime scene images documented by the BCA on July 15, 2017 using 3-D scanner technology. A second laser video was displayed in court which showed lines that had been inserted indicating a possible path of a bullet fired from the passenger side of the squad car, where Noor sat.
Mohamed Noor is a Somali American. Damond is white and originally from Australia. He's charged with murder and manslaughter for fatally shooting Damond, 40, after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her southwest Minneapolis home.
Noor's attorneys, Thomas Plunkett and Peter Wold, argued the renderings by "Leica Geoscanner," were inadmissible because they "inaccurately and prejudicially depict what a person would actually see."
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension had only used the tool three times prior to the Noor case. But, it has reportedly been used in 78 crime scenes since, and the BCA says it is now the main way it measures crime scenes.
Jury selection resumes Wednesday.
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Updated: April 02, 2019 10:27 PM
Created: April 02, 2019 05:28 AM
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