MN - Police Shooting
Jarrod Thomas | Apr 21, 2017 AT 4:39 pm
Prosecutors in the case of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist have urged the state Court of Appeals to reject a defense motion to move the trial out of St. Paul.Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Monday asked the appeals court to reverse the trial judge's ruling against a change of venue. The defense says relentless and biased media coverage means Yanez, who is Latino, won't get a fair trial in Ramsey County.But prosecutor Thomas Ragatz filed a response Thursday denouncing the defense petition as "frivolous."
Yanez has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. He shot Philando Castile last summer following a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.