MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge is expected to hear arguments about evidentiary issues ahead of the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman.
Thirty-three-year-old Mohamed Noor is charged with second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors are expected to argue they have a right to use Noor’s pretrial silence against him. The defense disagrees. Several other issues will also be addressed, including whether Noor’s prior behavior as a police officer can be used as evidence.
Noor’s trial begins April 1. Court documents indicate he will argue he was defending himself and others on the night of the shooting.
By AMY FORLITI ,Associated Press