Murder verdict in death of Australian woman Justine Damond overturned
Minneapolis: Minnesota’s highest court has overturned the murder conviction of a former police officer who fatally shot Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond in Minneapolis in 2017.
In a shock decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court said the murder charge for former police officer Mohamed Noor did not fit the circumstances in the case.
Noor was the first police officer in the state’s history to be found guilty of murder for killing a civilian.
His conviction was followed by a 22-and-half year sentence for Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering black man George Floyd by pressing his knee into his neck for almost 10 minutes.
After a trial that captivated the Midwestern state in 2019, Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for …
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