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Minnesota Cop Who Killed Bride-to-Be Found Guilty

Mohamed Noor convicted of third-degree murder, manslaughter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2019 5:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape behind her home, the AP reports. Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder as well as manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the US and Australia. He wasn't convicted of the most serious charge of intentional second-degree murder. Noor was handcuffed and taken into custody immediately despite his attorney's request that he be free on bond pending sentencing June 7. He showed no visible emotion, but his wife was crying. Jurors deliberated about five hours Monday and 6½ on Tuesday before reaching a decision.

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Minnesota's third-degree murder charge means causing the death of another through a dangerous act "without regard for human life but without intent to cause" death. The presumptive sentence is about 12½ years. Second-degree manslaughter, defined as creating unreasonable risk of causing death or great bodily harm to another through culpable negligence, has a presumptive sentence of about 4½ years. The death of Damond, a life coach who was engaged to be married a month after the shooting, sparked outrage in both the US and Australia. It also cost Minneapolis' police chief her job and contributed to the electoral defeat of the city's mayor a few months later. Neither officer had a body camera running when Damond was shot. (During his testimony, Noor explained why he shot.)

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