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FILE - In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a memorial including a photo of Philando Castile is attached to the gate to the governor's residence where protesters demonstrated in St. Paul, Minn. Attorneys for Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer accused of fatally shooting Castile say Castile's gun was accessible and that he was reaching for it when he was killed. A memo filed Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Ramsey County District Court contradicts prosecutors' claims that St. Anthony Officer Yanez didn't see the weapon and made conflicting statements about it. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Police officer who shot, killed Philando Castile found not guilty


UPDATE 4:21 p.m. June 16, 2017:

Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter Friday, CNN reported.

A Minnesota jury also reportedly acquitted Yanez of two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety.

UPDATE 10:25 a.m.:

Yanez pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm on Monday.

A trial date was set for May 30, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported.

ORIGINAL STORY: The officer who shot and killed Philando Castile in July is expected to plead not guilty to manslaughter charges on Monday.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez's attorneys attempted to have the case dropped earlier this month, KARE-TV reports. His lawyers argued that Castile's actions contributed to his own death, including ignoring Yanez's orders to not reach for his gun and having smoked marijuana that day. Prosecutors argue Castile was reaching for his wallet, and the fact that he had smoked didn't mean he was impaired.

Judge  William Leary said Castile's conduct didn't amount to an airtight defense.

FILE - This Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, file photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office shows Jeronimo Yanez. Prosecutors argue the case against Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile during a July traffic stop should proceed, saying several facts must be resolved by a jury. It was in response to a defense request to dismiss the case. Yanez is charged in Castile's death. (Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Yanez, of the St. Anthony Police Department, faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm as a result of the shooting, which took place after a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. 

Castile died the same week as Alton Sterling was shot and killed by  police in Baton Rouge. The deaths of both men sparked nationwide protests, one of which led to the death of five police officers in Dallas. 

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WATCH | Castile's girlfriend broadcasted the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live. A portion of her broadcast is shown above.

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