Attorneys ask to inspect police SUV in fatal shooting
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Minneapolis officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year have asked a judge to inspect the police vehicle from which the shot was fired.
Mohamed Noor’s lawyers asked for access to the SUV Friday because the moon will be in the same phase as it was on the night in July 2017 when Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed behind her home. A Hennepin County judge did not immediately rule on the request.
Authorities say Noor shot Damond after she called to report a possible sexual assault happening in an alley behind her Minneapolis home. Noor fired past his partner, who was behind the wheel, as Damond approached the driver-side window. Noor’s attorneys have indicated he will plead not guilty to charges of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter.
This story has been corrected to show the judge has yet to decide whether the defense team will have access to the car.