FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Mohamed Noor, center, accompanied by his legal team, Peter Wold, left, and Tom Plunkett, right, arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing in Minneapolis. Prosecutors and defense attorneys head to court Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, for a pretrial hearing for Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter for the fatal shooting in July 2017 of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Murder case against ex-Minneapolis cop heads back to court

September 26, 2018 - 1:57 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys head to court Thursday to argue over whether the criminal case should go forward against a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Mohamed Noor's attorneys maintain he acted reasonably last year when he shot Justine Ruszczyk (ROOS'-chehk) Damond. They've asked the judge to dismiss the charges. But prosecutors say Noor acted recklessly in using deadly force against the 40-year-old life coach and dual citizen, who was engaged to be married.

Defense attorneys argue Noor believed he was in danger and that his actions don't meet Minnesota's definitions of third-degree murder or second-degree manslaughter.

The judge is expected to let the case proceed, although it's not clear when she'll rule.

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