Back in Feb of this year, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez pleaded not guilty Monday morning to manslaughter in the July shooting death of Philando Castile. The trial date is set for May 30.
Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III recently denied a defense request to dismiss the case.
Diamond Reynolds took the stand Monday, she wept as soon as she saw a photo of Castile.
During her half-hour testimony, Reynolds said she and Castile had sometimes attended police barbeques to “show support.” Castile, a school cafeteria worker, had no animosity toward police, she said.
Though Castile was not her daughter’s father, Reynolds said he cared for the child and helped provide for her.
It was Castile’s protective nature that made him want to get a gun permit, Reynolds said. Recent killings in the neighborhood, along with drugs and prostitution, spurred Castile to carry a gun for self-defense, she said.
“He always had it for protection for himself and protection for his family,” she said.
When Yanez pulled Castile over on July 6, allegedly for a broken taillight, Castile mentioned to the officer that he had a weapon on him. Minutes later, he was dead.
The fatal encounter