The Minneapolis cop who killed the 911 caller was convicted on October 21
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The former Minneapolis cop who shot dead a woman who called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home will be sentenced later this month on a lesser charge, after the Supreme Court of Minnesota has rejected his murder conviction..
Mohamed Noor was initially convicted of third degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017, a dual Australian-American nationality. He was sentenced to 12 1/2 years on the count of murder and served his sentence in an out-of-state prison.
But the Supreme Court ruled last month that the third degree murder law would not apply in Noor’s case. Noor remains convicted of manslaughter and will be sentenced on that count on October 21. He has already served over 28 months of his murder sentence. the end of this year.
In its September ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that state law on third degree murder, or depraved mind murder, cannot be enforced if an accused’s actions are directed against a person in particular. The highest court in the state has said that for a third degree murder charge, the person’s mental state must show a “generalized indifference to human life, which cannot exist when the conduct of the accused is directed with a particular towards the person who is killed “.
Judges said Noor’s conduct was particularly aimed at Damond, “and therefore there is insufficient evidence to support his conviction… for depraved mind murder.”
Noor said during his trial in 2019 that a loud bang on his patrol car made him fear for his life and that of his partner. So he reached his partner from the passenger seat and fired through the driver’s window. His lawyers said he believed he was saving his partner’s life.