Noor's defense attorneys request access to squad car

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December 27, 2018 12:54 PM

Attorneys for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor have requested access to a department squad car for "independent examination," according to court documents.

Noor is charged with second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, in the death of Justine Ruszczyk in June 2017.

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In a court filing, defense attorneys say it "would be most helpful" if they had access to the squad car on Friday (Dec. 28), since on that day the moon will be in the same phase as it was on the day Noor shot and killed Ruszczyk.

The filing states access to a squad car would "allow the defense the opportunity to independently gather information, make measurements and allow testing and analysis."

RELATED: Judge allows 2nd-degree murder charge in Noor case

The defense says the State of Minnesota "failed to preserve" the squad car Noor and his partner were in on the night of the shooting, so they are requesting access to another car.

They say "the State of Minnesota and its agents have used more than one squad car for testing and analysis in the course of their investigation."

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