Feb 16, 2017 at 4:32 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge won't dismiss the case against the police officer who killed Philando Castile during a July traffic stop.
Judge William Leary III ruled Wednesday afternoon that it's fair and reasonable to allow the case against St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez to go to trial.
Yanez is charged with manslaughter and other counts in the death of the 32-year-old Castile.
Yanez's lawyers argued the manslaughter case against him should be dismissed.
Attorney Paul Engh told the judge that Yanez perceived a threat to his life and responded accordingly.
But prosecutor Jeff Paulsen said Philando Castile had the right not to be killed for no good reason.
He said the case should proceed to trial because many facts are disputed.
Among them, he said, are whether Castile was impaired by marijuana, whether he was reaching for his wallet and whether Yanez saw a gun.
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