Around the state: Prosecution asks appeals court not to move officer’s tria

April 22, 2017 GMT

Prosecution asks appeals court not to move officer’s tria

ST. PAUL — Prosecutors in the case of a Minnesota police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist have urged the state Court of Appeals to reject a defense motion to move the trial out of St. Paul.

Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Monday asked the appeals court to reverse the trial judge’s ruling against a change of venue. The defense says relentless and biased media coverage means Yanez, who is Latino, won’t get a fair trial in Ramsey County.

But prosecutor Thomas Ragatz filed a response Thursday denouncing the defense petition as “frivolous.”

Yanez has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. He shot Philando Castile last summer following a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

Authorities: Man killed by deputy disarmed another officer


VADNAIS HEIGHTS — Authorities say the man fatally shot by a Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy in Vadnais Heights had struggled with officers and disarmed one of them.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said that four deputies entered a suspicious RV after talking with the driver last Sunday night. Two deputies used their stun guns after a struggle started with the driver, identified as Darren Jahnke,47.

Jahnke was able to disarm one of the deputies and another deputy shot Jahnke.

The BCA said that the deputies were not wearing body cameras. Video from the deputies’ squad cars is being analyzed.

Judge blocks sound engineer’s release of Prince EP

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has blocked a sound engineer from releasing a five-song EP of unpublished music by Prince after the late superstar’s estate objected — but one of the songs is still available online.

George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006, and made at least one recording — called “Deliverance” — available Wednesday for online sales. Prince’s estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued to block it.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright granted a temporary restraining order to stop the music’s release late Wednesday.

But independent label RMA says the song “Deliverance” was released before the judge’s ruling, so it doesn’t apply. The song was available online Thursday.

The estate’s lawsuit says Boxill signed a confidentiality agreement that the recordings would remain Prince’s property. Prince sings and plays guitar and keyboard on the tracks.