Roommates, it’s been a little over a month since the unfortunate death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Minnesota for having expired tags. During the incident, former police officer Kim Potter advised that she had intended to shock him by stunning him with her Taser. Instead, she claims she accidentally drew her handgun firing a single bullet that hit him in the chest. Many have argued that with Kim’s 26 years as an officer, she should know the difference between a taser and a 9mm gun, including the Wright family’s attorney. As we recently reported, Kim was officially charged with second-degree manslaughter last month and was released from the Hennepin County Jail after posting her $100k bond.
The second-degree manslaughter charge carries sentencing of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000. With such a high-profile shooting, it looks like the judge over the case is planning on having the trial sooner rather than later. According to new reports from NPR, Kim’s trial is scheduled to happen later this year. The report states that Judge Regina Chu, who is presiding over the case, indicated over video conference that December 6th would be a good date to start the trial.
While making the announcement, she also took a moment to offer condolences to the Wright family. Prosecutor Imran Ali said that he was still determining when is a good time for expert witnesses to testify. He filed a motion requesting Judge Chu to allow cameras in the courtroom. However, it may be unlikely to happen because Defense attorney Earl Gray said that he plans on objecting the request.
Roommates, we will keep you posted on the upcoming Trial Watch!
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