The jurors The case of the State of Minnesota v. Jeronimo Yanez started with a jury pool of 50 randomly selected residents of Ramsey County. Here are sketches of the final 12 jurors, revealed during the selection process:
Juror 1: Young black man who works as a shift manager at Wendy’s and personal care attendant for his mom. He said he’d never had a run-in with police.
Juror 2: An older white woman who manages a White Bear Lake gas station that has a contract with police. She said she had never heard of the Philando Castile case. The judge denied an attempt by prosecutors to strike her after it was revealed that she had pro-police posts on her Facebook page.
Juror 3: Middle-aged white man whose wife works for the St. Paul School District, as did Castile — but she did not know him. He lives very close to where Castile was shot and is “the No. 1 guy” at a small metal finishing shop.
Juror 4: A middle-aged white man who had very little knowledge of the case. He said he owns a gun and called the criminal justice system “a very fair process.”
Juror 5: A middle-aged white woman who works at an assisted-living center and is highly active in church volunteer work. She said she had heard about the shooting at the time it happened but knew little else.
Juror 6: A white man in his 40s who is a wellness coach and became the jury foreman. He said he believes too many “victimless” crimes are prosecuted, including drug use and sex work.
Juror 7: A white woman in her late 30s to early 40s who works as a nurse at the same hospital as Yanez’s wife — but said she does not know her. She said she watched Diamond Reynolds’ Facebook video, but didn’t seek out news about the case and knew a moderate amount about it.
Juror 8: An 18-year-old Ethiopian-American woman who immigrated to America when she was 10. She said she had not heard about the Yanez case before jury selection and doesn’t watch the news. The defense tried to strike her due to unfamiliarity with the U.S. legal system, but the judge denied the attempt.
Juror 9: A white middle-aged computer support worker, who was not familiar with the Yanez case, and said, “I’m thankful we have police officers.” She believes in the right to own a firearm, but added “I’m trying to stay away from them right now.”
Juror 10: A middle-aged white male who is retired from preprinting work. He said he followed news about the case off and on. He said he had seen Reynolds’ Facebook video.
Juror 11: A middle-aged white man who owns several shotguns and long rifles to hunt pheasants. He said in his questionnaire that the criminal justice system has problems but is “the best in the world.”
Juror 12: A middle-aged white man and pipe fitter who moved to Minnesota four years ago to get a new start. He said he’s a regular listener to MPR who knew “a lot” about the case. He took a permit-to-carry class three months ago.