Ex-officer who killed Australian woman appears in court 09 May 18

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman last summer after she called 911 to report a possible assault didn’t speak in a brief court appearance.

Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 15 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Amy Sweasy said Tuesday that prosecutors have been providing evidence to the defense as part of discovery. Sweasy told Judge Kathryn Quaintance that no plea negotiations are underway.

Prosecutors say Noor was in a squad car’s passenger seat when he shot Damond through the driver’s side window after she approached the vehicle. They say there’s no evidence Noor encountered a threat that justified deadly force.

Noor’s attorney has filed documents indicating Noor will plead not guilty.