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Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter cried as she testified on Dec. 17 about the events leading up to the shooting and killing of Dau

Odds for successful appeal appear slim for Kimberly Potter

Seasoned attorneys say it's difficult to overturn a jury verdict.
Shooter pleads guilty in Minneapolis woman's death

Shooter pleads guilty in Minneapolis woman's death

A Brooklyn Park man pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting a woman in Minneapolis last year.Devon Manley, 29, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County District Court…
Minneapolis man arrested in father's killing

Minneapolis man arrested in father's killing

The man's death is the second homicide of 2022 in Minneapolis.
Robert McCloud

Brooklyn Center man indicted in ex-wife's fatal shooting days after remarriage

New charge is premeditated first-degree murder.
Former Minneapolis police officers, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged in both state and federal court in the death o

State trial of three officers charged in George Floyd killing postponed

Attorneys were ordered to meet to select a new date for the state trial, between March 14, 2022 and Jan. 9, 2023.
The Minnesota seal above the bench in a Hennepin County courtroom.

Public defenders take caseload, staffing concerns to Minnesota Legislature

Citing flagging funding, public defenders say extreme caseloads are disproportionately affecting minority defendants
“Jasper has been found and is alive very cold and hungry but we have him back!!!!” Michelle Cramblett Baker posted on Monday, Jan. 10.

Owner of dog missing in stolen van says Jasper has been found alive

The boxer and his owner were in town for a dog show in St. Paul.
Northern Minnesota public defenders plead against reappointment of chief of staff

Northern Minnesota public defenders plead against reappointment of chief of staff

Some staffers sent an anonymous letter to the Minnesota Board of Public Defense imploring it not reappoint Kristine Kolar.
The courtroom where the Derek Chauvin trial took place at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. The trial was allowed to be livestream

Minn. public defenders, staff overworked at cost to clients, survey says

Some will testify about the issues at a legislative hearing Tuesday.
Washington County man acquitted in fatal jailhouse overdose

Washington County man acquitted in fatal jailhouse overdose

Jurors found a Scandia man not guilty of providing drugs to a man who died of an overdose in the Chisago County jail last year.John…
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a Frazee, Minn., woman’s constitutional rights were not violated when a witness who was exposed to COVID-1

Minnesota appeals court: Defendant's rights not violated by virtual testimony during pandemic

Right to confront witnesses in person not absolute, judge says.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter as the verdicts were read in court Thursday in Minneapolis.

Potter convicted on both counts, will be sentenced in February

Jurors convicted former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter of both manslaughter counts filed against her Thursday in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright. Potter was taken into custody by deputies.
In this screen grab from video, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter stood with defense attorney Earl Gray as the guilty verdicts were rea

Jury convicts Potter on both manslaughter counts

Verdicts read Thursday after deliberation spanning four days.
“Daunte” is written in the snow Wednesday outside the Hennepin County Government Center during the jury deliberations in the trial of ex-Brooklyn

3rd day of jury deliberation ends without verdicts in Potter trial

The jury is expected to resume work Thursday after completing a full day of deliberations without questions to the judge.
“Daunte” is written in the snow Wednesday outside the Hennepin County Government Center during the jury deliberations in the trial of ex-Brooklyn

Kimberly Potter jurors had no questions and gave no communication to the court in third day of deliberations

The jurors ended a total of 24 hours in deliberation since they were handed the case Monday afternoon.
Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu responded to a jury question Tuesday by re-reading part of the instructions.

Potter jury's questions to judge suggest lack of consensus

The jurors issued a pair of questions in court, one suggesting that they're having trouble reaching a consensus and a second asking to handle her gun.
Kimberly Potter’s defense team huddled as prosecutor Matthew Frank delivered his rebuttal argument Monday in Hennepin County District Court.

Jury ends first day of deliberations in Potter trial, will resume today

Attorneys argued over what police body camera videos captured when Potter shot Daunte Wright with her handgun and not her Taser.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter cried Friday as she testified about the events leading up to her shooting and killing Daunte Wri

Jury ends first day of deliberations in Potter trial, will resume today

They received the case early Monday afternoon following closing arguments.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter testified Friday about the events leading up to her shooting and killing Daunte Wright.

'I'm so sorry,' Kimberly Potter weeps from the stand

The former officer testified that she was yelling "Taser" and saw fear on a fellow officer's face before shooting the driver.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter took the stand this morning.

Kimberly Potter defense rests; closing arguments set for Monday

Kimberly Potter testified in her own defense Friday and recalled the moments on April 11, when "it just went chaotic" before realizing she shot Daunte Wright with her handgun and not her Taser as he resisted arrest.
In this screen grab from video, Timothy Gannon, former Brooklyn Center police chief testified Thursday at the trial of former Brooklyn Center police o

Defense opens its case in Kimberly Potter trial

The former Brooklyn Center police officer's case will likely conclude Friday with testimony from Potter and a psychologist who will testify about "slip and capture errors."
In this screen grab from video, Timothy Gannon, former Brooklyn Center police chief, testifies in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer K

Kim Potter's former boss: 'I saw no violation' of policy, law

Court was adjourned Thursday afternoon, with the defense's final two witnesses, including Potter, expected to testify Friday.
Expert: Potter not justified in using deadly force against Daunte Wright

Expert: Potter not justified in using deadly force against Daunte Wright

The day ended with Arbuey Wright getting emotional sharing memories of his son.
Brooklyn Center police Cmdr. Garett Flesland testified Tuesday at the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter.

Case vs. Potter focuses on Taser training; defense elicits support

Two of Kimberly Potter's former superiors took the stand. Central to the state's first-degree and second-degree manslaughter case against Potter is that she ignored her training.
Sgt. Michael Peterson, a longtime Brooklyn Center police Taser instructor. testified about how the device is operated, and when it should be deployed

Potter's former superiors tell of Taser regulations, training

Also, a Police Department commander speaks up for Potter's use of deadly force.
Sam McGinnis, senior special agent with the Minnesota BCA, held the taser of Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter as he testified Monday in Potte

Potter prosecutors lay out differences between Taser, gun

A medical examiner testified that Daunte Wright likely died within seconds to minutes in the April 11 shooting.
Hennepin County Assistant Medical Examiner Lorren Jackson testified Monday at the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter.

Differences between Taser, gun described in Potter trial

Kimberly Potter's handgun weighed more than twice as much as her Taser, was different in color, grip and holstering, jury is told.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Mychal Johnson, who was Kim Potter’s supervisor and on the scene at the time Daunte Wright was shot, testified

Potter's former supervisor calls use of deadly force justified

Former supervisor says Kim Potter was justified in using deadly force, even though that's not what she intended in shooting Daunte Wright.
Friday’s first witness was former Brooklyn Center police officer Mychal Johnson, who was Potter’s supervisor and on the scene at the time Wright w

Kimberly Potter's former supervisor details immediate aftermath of the Daunte Wright shooting

Mychal Johnson testified that he could have been injured or killed during struggle with Wright.
In this screen grab from video, Alayna Albrecht-Payton, who was in the vehicle with Daunte Wright, testified during the manslaughter trial of former B

Wright passenger: 'I replay that image in my head daily'

Prosecutors also called witnesses who said police waited several minutes to extract Daunte Wright from his car and begin life-saving measures. Prosecutors attempted to show that several officers encountered uncertainty because they weren't informed until much later that Wright had been shot by an officer.
Alayna Albrecht-Payton, who was a passenger in the car when Daunte Wright was shot, testified Thursday in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Ce

Daunte Wright's girlfriend testifies of his final harrowing moments

Alayna Albrecht-Payton opened the second day of testimony in Kimberly Potter's manslaughter trial.
Katie Bryant began her testimony telling the jury about her son’s love of basketball, his work history in retail and how he enrolled in a trades sch

Wright's mother tells of distress after shooting: 'I knew, I knew'

Daunte Wright's mother tearfully described his final moments to a jury as the first prosecution witness in ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter's manslaughter trial Wednesday.
In this screen grab from video, former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter sat at the defense table, right, as the prosecution, left, and the de

Most jury instructions finalized in Potter case; opening statements Wednesday

They provide a glimpse of what jurors will consider after hearing testimony.
In this screen grab from video, former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter sits at the defense table, right, as the prosecution, left, and the d

Jury instructions hashed out before testimony begins in Kimberly Potter trial

Motions argued in court
This screen grab from video taken at the Hennepin County Courthouse shows the prosecution, left, and the defense during jury selection Friday in the t

Kim Potter's decision to testify a bold but effective strategy, defense attorneys say

But they also say there are risks to announcing it so early in the trial.
The defense team stands as potential jurors enter the courtroom during the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter

Jury seated for manslaughter trial of ex-officer Potter in Wright shooting death

Attorneys are scheduled to make their opening statements on Wednesday. The jury is considerably less diverse than the one that convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the May 2020 murder of George Floyd.
In this screen grab from video, defense attorney Earl Gray, left, points out his client while questioning a potential juror during the manslaughter tr

12 jurors now seated for Kim Potter's trial; one concerned over name disclosure but remains

One juror's name and other identifying information came out on the first day of jury selection.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, middle, is flanked by defense attorney Earl Gray, left, and defense attorney Paul Engh during j

9 jurors are now seated in Potter trial in fatal Wright shooting

The former Brooklyn Center officer intends to testify about her actions resulting in the shooting of Daunte Wright.
The first day of jury selection began Tuesday before the prosecution and defense in the trial of Kimberly Potter.

Four jurors chosen in first day of ex-officer Potter's trial

The former Brooklyn Center officer's defense said Tuesday that she will testify.
In this screen grab from video, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter sits at the defense table Tuesday.

Potter to testify in own defense in trial over Wright shooting

The first four jurors were selected Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in April.
Early Tuesday, inside the Hennepin County Government Center authorities were preparing for the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly

Trial to begin in Wright shooting for ex-Brooklyn Center officer

The trial of former Brooklyn Center officer Kimberly Potter is likely to differ significantly from other trials who have killed civilians on the job, several attorneys say.
Robert David Lloyd Hall

Man charged in north Minneapolis shooting, attempted carjacking

Several bystanders pulled the man out of a woman's car at Cub Foods and detained him until police arrived.
Brooklyn Center man charged in apparent accidental shooting

Brooklyn Center man charged in apparent accidental shooting

A Brooklyn Center man was charged Monday in a fatal accidental shooting last week that killed a woman in a car.Julius M. Smith, 24, was…
The courtroom where the Derek Chauvin trial took place. Two months after Chauvin’s trial, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order asking a commi

Committee reviews policies on cameras in Minnesota courtrooms

The committee will send a report and recommendations to the Minnesota Supreme Court by next July.
Charges: Minneapolis woman fatally beat infant son

Charges: Minneapolis woman fatally beat infant son

Charges allege that Addison S. Perdew sent a video to someone days earlier that showed her admonishing her two-month old son for crying in a car seat.
Kimberly Potter in a booking photo

Judge: Former officer Kim Potter's trial will be livestreamed

The presiding judge said COVID-19 and public health — not protesters — prompted her to allow the livestream.
Brian Cummings

Minneapolis police officer makes first appearance in court for fatal crash

Leneal Frazier's family said the hearing and charges are a step toward justice.
Saraswati Singh

Ramsey County prosecutor announces run for Hennepin County Attorney

Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Saraswati Singh is the fourth candidate to run for the post.
Richfield City Council Member Simon Trautmann officially announced his run for Hennepin County Attorney Sunday night.

Richfield Council Member runs for Hennepin County Attorney

Simon Trautmann is the third candidate to officially announce their run for the office.
The courtroom at the start of Derek Chauvin’s sentencing hearing, Friday June 25, 2021.

Juror questionnaires in Derek Chauvin trial reveal thoughts on case, race

While three-quarters of the respondents said they believed Blacks and people of color were treated unequally by the criminal justice system, less than a quarter thought the system was failing.
Charges filed in Minneapolis murder; shooter sentenced in unrelated case

Charges filed in Minneapolis murder; shooter sentenced in unrelated case

Man's bound body was found after being dumped in Dakota County culvert.
Kimberly Potter

ACLU-MN supports livestreaming trial of former officer Kimberly Potter

The ACLU of Minnesota wants to support a coalition of local and national media companies pushing for the livestream.
Teen will be tried as adult for murder in Minneapolis shooting

Teen will be tried as adult for murder in Minneapolis shooting

He was initially charged as a juvenile. The new criminal complaint filed in his case said that on Monday he waived a certification hearing to determine whether he should stand trial as an adult.
Kimberly A. Potter

Defense expert in Kim Potter case can testify about behavioral errors, judge rules

Potter's defense plans to call a psychologist to explain how a dominant behavior can override a less common one.
Derek Chauvin ORG XMIT: MIN2110082057080357

Court order: Chauvin jurors' names to be released Nov. 1

Judge Peter Cahill issued the order after keeping names sealed since the verdict in April
Video surveillance footage shows the moment a Minneapolis police squad slammed into the driver’s side of an SUV driven by bystander Leneal Frazier d

Mpls. officer charged in pursuit that killed Leneal Frazier

Officer Brian Cummings was pursuing a suspect in an armed carjacking and one or more robberies, according to a police report. It suggested that Cummings ran a red light when he hit the driver's side of Leneal Frazier's SUV.
Former police officer Mohamed Noor makes his way to the podium to address Judge Kathryn Quaintance today at the Hennepin County Government Center.

Judge resentences Noor to almost 5 years for manslaughter

Newly sentenced, Noor thanks victim's fiancé.
Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listened during closing arguments in his murder trial on April 19.

Former officer Derek Chauvin has new attorney for appeals case

Chauvin can request a hearing to present oral arguments in his appeal now that he has an attorney.
John Wiseman (Hennepin County jail photo)

Maple Grove man convicted of murdering wife

State sentencing guidelines call for a term between 21¾ and about 30½ years, but the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said it will request a higher term.
Kimberly A. Potter

Ex-officer offers potential defenses in Daunte Wright killing

The possible defenses included "Innocent Accident" and "Innocent Mistake."
Stephanie Clark

Maple Grove woman convicted of murder for shooting boyfriend

Jurors convicted a Maple Grove woman Thursday of fatally shooting her boyfriend last year. After four hours of deliberation, Stephanie Clark, 31, was found…
Mohamed Noor Noor was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison and entered prison on May 2, 2019.

Ex-officer Mohamed Noor requests a new prison term of a little over 3 years

Mohamed Noor will be resentenced next week on a lower count after the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction.
Attorney for man cleared of returning fire at Mpls. police during riots releases evidence, body camera footage

Attorney for man cleared of returning fire at Mpls. police during riots releases evidence, body camera footage

Jaleel Stallings was acquitted of eight counts in connection with the incident.
Bloomington man charged with murder in girlfriend's death

Bloomington man charged with murder in girlfriend's death

The charges did not discuss a possible motive.
Winston Boogie Smith

Crow Wing County prosecutor is reviewing Winston Smith's death from law enforcement gunfire

Citing conflict of interest, review handled up north.
Former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty

Former chief public defender Moriarty to run for Hennepin County attorney

Mary Moriarty is the first candidate to announced an official run. Three others have said they are exploring a run.
Minneapolis police said they responded to multiple 911 calls about 6:49 p.m. Saturday for a shooting in the 2600 block of East Lake Street.

Man fatally shot on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis

Police said preliminary information showed that the victim and suspect knew each other, and that the incident was not a random attack.
Derek Chauvin

Minnesota police group sues Wright County man involved in Derek Chauvin trial security

Scott Yelle posted about the job on social media and gave details to a TV show in violation of nondisclosure agreements, the suit alleges.
State Rep. Cedrick Frazier, DFL-New Hope, on the House floor in June.

Minnesota state Rep. Cedrick Frazier won't run for Hennepin County attorney

Frazier said he is "committed to public safety and justice and will continue working to advance those important goals in the state legislature."
Brooklyn Park man charged with attempted murder in knife attack on ex-girlfriend

Brooklyn Park man charged with attempted murder in knife attack on ex-girlfriend

A Brooklyn Park man was charged Tuesday with attempted murder for allegedly attacking his girlfriend with a knife.Cortez D. Banks, 27, was charged in Hennepin…
Realtor Monique Baugh, above, was lured to a bogus home showing in Maple Grove on Dec. 31, 2019, where two men kidnapped her before torturing her for

Former Hennepin County probation officer found guilty on all counts in kidnapping, murder case

Ex-probation officer aided, abetted killing, jurors find.
Elsa E. Segura, a former Hennepin County probation officer, is charged in the 2019 murder of Monique Baugh.

Former Hennepin County probation officer on trial for kidnapping, murder breaks down in tears

Elsa Segura testified that she didn't question her boyfriend about setting up a home showing that led to the killing of a real estate agent.
Jamal L. Smith

Bail set for accused shooter in Hwy. 169 killing

Jamal Smith's attorney asked for a much lower amount, which a judge rejected.
Thomas Plunkett, bottom right, attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, spoke at his office with his team of lawyers about the Min

Supreme Court overturns Noor third-degree murder conviction

Decision could cut 8 years from sentence of ex-Mpls. officer, affect other cases.
Derek Chauvin

Noor decision has broader impact on Chauvin case, other police prosecutions

Some lawyers said third-degree murder can't be used against four former officers in pending cases.