Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—A supervisor in the accounts payable department at Hamline University accused of orchestrating an elaborate fraud scheme admitted to the conduct in court this week. Teresa Garin, 51, of St. Paul pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony-level theft by swindle, court records say. Her public defender did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Garin stole more than $150,000 from the school by creating fake vendor accounts and cashing checks issued by the university into her personal bank account, according to criminal complaints.
ST. PAUL—The leader of a local activist group concerned with police brutality is calling out one of the attorneys who represented former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for allegedly displaying racism toward a juror during the officer's trial. Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, filed a complaint in late June with the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility about what she says was unprofessional conduct on the part of defense attorney Earl Gray.
ST. PAUL — The judge who presided over the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile defended jurors' decision to acquit him in a letter he wrote them after the case concluded. Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III penned the letter late last month about a week after the jury's verdict was delivered in a tense courtroom crowded with Castile's and Jeronimo Yanez's family and friends after five days of deliberation.
ST. PAUL — Diamond Reynolds pleaded not guilty Wednesday, June 28, to charges alleging she assaulted a woman with a hammer in St. Paul along with two accomplices last winter. The plea was entered at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center as Reynolds, 27, stood next to two of her attorneys. Also during the hearing, her attorney, Karlowba Adams Powell, asked the judge if it would be OK for Reynolds to travel out of the state and country in the coming months to make various appearances.
ST. PAUL—Jurors on the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez have yet to reach a verdict in the case after four days of deliberation. By the time discussions were shut down for the day Thursday, June 15, the jury had deliberated for about 24 hours, not including breaks. They received the case Monday afternoon after closing arguments by the prosecution and defense. Ramsey County District Court Judge William H. Leary III has wide discretion in deciding when to declare a mistrial if jurors continue to struggle to reach unanimous agreement.
ST. PAUL -- Jurors in the manslaughter trial of a St. Anthony police officer are struggling to reach an agreement about whether Jeronimo Yanez acted recklessly when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer. After about 14 hours of deliberation over three days, the jury reconvened in a Ramsey County courtroom on Wednesday afternoon to tell presiding Judge William H.
ST. PAUL -- The manslaughter trial of Jeronimo Yanez is now in the hands of a jury. The defense and prosecution both presented closing arguments Monday, and it’s now up to a jury of 12 to the decide the fate of the St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in Falcon Heights last summer. An attorney for Yanez told jurors Monday afternoon that his client was not to be blamed for the July 6 shooting. The officer’s conduct was reasonable, he said.
ST. PAUL—What Philando Castile did with his hands in the seconds before his fatal shooting was at the center of testimony Tuesday as the manslaughter trial of the officer charged in his death continued. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, told attorneys from the witness stand in Ramsey County District Court that Castile was trying to unbuckle his seatbelt when St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez opened fired into their vehicle, fatally wounding Castile, during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6.
ST. PAUL -- St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez’s voice boomed inside a crowded Ramsey County courtroom Monday during opening statements in his manslaughter trial for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. “Don’t pull it out! Don’t move! (Expletive)! (Expletive)! … Don’t move! … Shots fired,” the officer yelled. “Ma’am, keep your hands where I can see them …! I told him not to reach for it! I told him to get his hand off it!
ST. PAUL — After four days of sometimes intense questioning about potential jurors' backgrounds with guns, police officers and the criminal justice system, 23 people have been selected to move on to the final round of jury selection in the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.