NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The Minnesota Supreme Court vacated the third-degree murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on Wednesday (Sept 15) and ordered a lower court to resentence him on the lesser manslaughter conviction in the death of Justine Ruszczyk, an Australian-American woman who called 911.
Ruszczyk had called the police on the night of July 15, 2017, after hearing a woman screaming near her home. As she approached the police vehicle, Noor fired his gun at her from the passenger seat.
A jury acquitted him of second-degree murder, but convicted him of third-degree “depraved mind” murder and second-degree manslaughter, and he was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.
An appeals court upheld the convictions.
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