/Mohamed Noor to seek acquittal over Justine Damond Ruszczyk killing

Mohamed Noor to seek acquittal over Justine Damond Ruszczyk killing


May 15, 2019 08:20:09

Mohamed Noor, the former US police officer convicted of killing Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk, is seeking an acquittal.

Court documents show Noor’s legal team plan to argue there was insufficient evidence to sustain the third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges a jury found him guilty of last month.

Noor is currently being held at Minnesota’s maximum security prison, ahead of sentencing which is due to take place in June.

Ms Damond Ruszczyk called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home just minutes before she was shot.

Noor, 33, who responded to the call that night, testified that a loud bang on his squad car made him fearful, and he fired when he saw a woman appear who was raising her arm.

He said he fired to protect his partner’s life, but prosecutors criticised Noor’s decision to shoot, saying he had “no basis” to believe she had a weapon when he could not see her hands.

Noor’s lawyers had argued he was justified in using deadly force to protect himself and partner Matthew Harrity from a perceived threat.

Neither officer had a body camera running when Ms Damond Ruszczyk was shot, which Mr Harrity blamed on what he called a vague policy that did not require it.

Both men switched on their cameras in time to capture the aftermath, which included their attempts to save Ms Damond Ruszczyk with CPR.

But Noor’s bullet hit her in a key abdominal artery, and a medical examiner testified she lost blood so quickly even faster medical care might not have saved her.

More to come.







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May 15, 2019 07:59:00