The Jeronimo Yanez Trial: Defense Rests, Closing Arguments Monday

The defense has rested in the trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of a black motorist.

Closing arguments were expected Monday. Prosecutors say he acted unreasonably in shooting Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb. Castile disclosed he was carrying a licensed handgun. Defense attorneys argue that Yanez responded appropriately to the threat of a gun and in fear of his life.

A 15-member jury could be considering the case as soon as Monday.

Yanez said when he approached Castile's vehicle he saw a child and an adult female. Yanez testified Friday that Castile disregarded his commands not to reach for the gun and that he clearly saw it before he fired.

Prosecutors have sought to show Yanez could have taken lesser steps, such as asking to see Castile's hands or asking where the gun was. He said that was significant because it would have meant Castile had the gun all the way out of his pocket when he was shot.

Yanez now says he did in fact see a firearm and its slide. Yanez had pulled the 32-year-old cafeteria worker over because of a faulty brake light, after following him for 2 miles before activating his lights and sirens in July 2016.

Yanez said he followed Castile for two miles before he pulled Castile over in a fully marked squad vehicle. At the time, there was a question as to whether Castile was a suspect in a recent convenience store robbery.

Squad auto video of the encounter shows Yanez replying, "OK, don't reach for it then". "It's what officers across the country are trained to do in situations like this", Kapelsohn said.

Prosecutors argue Yanez acted unreasonably in shooting Castile.

He also said Yanez's initial response to learning Castile had a firearm was "moderate".

The Minnesota police officer on trial for the murder of a black motorist during a traffic stop previous year, the aftermath of which was streamed on social media by the driver's girlfriend, is expected to say on Friday that he feared for his life. Yanez told the jury he had instructed Castile to not reach for his weapon, but his demands were ignored. Castile had a permit for the weapon.

Castile reached to his right (perhaps to hand the officer his license-he had only given him his insurance) and allegedly made a C-shape with his right hand, Yanez said, saying "he continued to pull his firearm out of his pocket".

"It is my opinion Officer Yanez used reasonable force", Kapelsohn said.

The jury also viewed video evidence from the squad auto, which recorded Yanez telling a superior officer that he did not know where the gun was. The video quickly went viral and sparked protests across the nation. Castile started saying he wasn't reaching for it, but the officer interrupted and said, "Don't pull it out".

"When Roseville police officers arrived you never warned them there was a gun did you?"

The bullets almost struck Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter in the back seat, forensic scientist Lindsey Garfield testified Wednesday. He rejected prosecutor Jeff Paulsen's assertion Friday that the central question in the case is whether Yanez saw Castile's gun.

Peregrine Corporation is a firearms and use of force training consulting firm that Kapelsohn formed in 1980.

Emanuel Kapelsohn was the second such expert in two days called by attorneys for Officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The St. Anthony police officer began to cry.

His lawyer said after the incident, "I can tell you that the stop of the vehicle for an equipment violation was not the only reason for the stop". "I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all", he replied.

According to NBC affiliate KARE11, Yanez broke down several times in court during the last day of testimony, recounting the events that took place before he opened fire.

Kapelsohn said three-eighths of inch of the butt of the gun was left below the lip of the pocket.

Yanez, who is Latino, was expected to take the stand later Friday.

He says he reviewed videos and police reports.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez stands outside the Ramsey County Courthouse while waiting for a ride on May 30, 2017, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Yanez is charged with manslaughter in the killing of Philando Castile in the St. Paul suburb last July. No one saw the gun until paramedics found it in Castile's pocket, according to Dusterhoft.

However, the state took issue with his analysis and said it left out key elements of the case.

The officer testified when he saw Castile's gun, "my family popped into my head".

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