Judge urges Yanez trial jury to try to reach verdict, despite saying they are deadlocked – Minnesota News

Judge urges Yanez trial jury to try to reach verdict, despite saying they are deadlocked – Minnesota News

After about 14 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury reconvened in a Ramsey County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon to tell presiding Judge William H. Leary III they were deadlocked.

Leary reminded jurors of their commitment to the case before sending them back to continue deliberations.

Rereading a portion of the jury instructions written for the case, Leary told the jurors it was their “goal” to reach a verdict, but only if they could do so without “violating (their) individual judgment.”

“You should decide the case for yourself, but only after you have discussed the case with your fellow jurors and have carefully considered their views,” Leary said. “You should not hesitate to re-examine your views and change your opinion if you become convinced they are erroneous, but you should not surrender your honest opinion simply because other jurors disagree or merely to reach a verdict.”

Jurors received the case around 1 p.m. Monday after the prosecution and defense completed their closing arguments.

Yanez is charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s death and two counts of dangerous discharge of a weapon for endangering the lives of two other passengers when he fired seven bullets into Castile’s car last summer.

Castile died of gunshot wounds. Yanez maintains he acted in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

EXPERT: HOW JUDGE CAN HELP

Hamline University Professor David Schultz, who has taught classes on criminal justice and police liability, said judges have wide discretion in deciding how long to let a jury deliberate before declaring a mistrial.

In this case, Schultz said he expects Leary will…

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