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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Final arguments are scheduled for Monday in the manslaughter trial of the former Minnesota policeman who said she intended to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright as he tried to pull away from a traffic stop. Kim Potter’s case will go to the jury after Judge Regina Chu gives final instructions. The judge says she won’t have jurors deliberate on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. They will come back after the holidays if they haven’t delivered a verdict yet. The defense rested on Friday after Potter said she “didn’t want to hurt anyone” and was “sorry that happened”.
MOORHEAD, Minnesota (AP) – Authorities say the bodies of seven people were found in a twin house in a town in northwest Minnesota, but have not specified how they died. Police said the victims included four adults and three children. They were found just before 8 p.m. on Saturday by family members performing a welfare check at the Moorhead home. These family members called the police. There was no sign of violence or forced entry into the residence, police said. The authorities are not actively looking for any suspects. The bodies were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office in St. Paul, where autopsies will be performed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – U.S. Magistrate Kate M. Menendez has been confirmed by the Senate to fill the vacant Minnesota Federal Court seat. Menendez was appointed by President Joe Biden in September. She appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in early November to answer questions and talk about her five-year tenure as a magistrate judge. Menendez previously served as a Federal Public Defender for over 18 years. His experience includes several positions as adjunct professor of law, including at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University and St. Thomas University. Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith said in a joint statement on Saturday that Menendez had been recommended by the judicial selection committee, made up of prominent members of the Minnesota legal community.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The former Minnesota police officer who shot Daunte Wright alternated between tears, statements of remorse and stark, pragmatic responses as she testified at her manslaughter trial in the death of the motorist noir. But Kim Potter’s testimony on Friday was notably limited on a key part of her defense – that she made a mistake by drawing her handgun instead of her Taser and killed Wright during a traffic stop last April in Brooklyn Center. Some legal experts have said that it seemed Potter had missed an opportunity to tell the jurors how confusion could have happened and what she was thinking – and that some jurors were probably waiting to hear that.
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