Justine Damond shooting: police officer loses bid to have case thrown out
Judge rules there is probable cause to charge Mohamed Noor with third-degree murder
Minneapolis prosecutors have won an early victory against the former police officer charged with murdering the Australian life coach Justine Damond Ruszczyk in a dark alley.
A district court judge, Kathryn Quaintance, on Thursday dismissed an attempt by former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noors legal team to have the case tossed out before next years trial.
The judge ruled that there was probable cause to charge Noor with one count of murder in the third degree and manslaughter in the second degree.
Defendant either saw and fired at what he believed was a person, or he fired into the darkness at an unknown target, Quaintance told the court. Under either scenario, the jury could find that his act was dangerous to human beings and was performed without regard for human life.