Ex-officer who killed woman to appear in court

Mohamed Noor

Mohamed Noor

Mohamed Noor, left, waits with his attorney, Tom Plunkett, arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Mr Noor did not speak during a brief court appearance, where prosecutors also revealed they have received "a large volume" of evidence from his defence during discovery. He faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Matthew Harrity, the officer driving the police vehicle from which Noor shot, said he was startled by a loud sound and both officers "got spooked" when Damond appeared out of nowhere, prosecutors said.

Noor's attorney has registered records indicating Noor will plead not liable.

The penalty for third-degree murder is up to 25 years in prison and second-degree manslaughter carries a penalty of up to 10 years.

The 40-year-old yoga instructor, who was to be married the next month to American businessman Don Damond, reported hearing what she thought was a woman screaming for help, possibly being sexually assaulted. She died minutes later.

Both officers drew their weapons inside the squad auto, and Noor fired a shot from the passenger's seat, striking Damond in the abdomen and killing her.

In filing charges, Hennepin County Mike Freeman said Noor had no time to perceive or process a real threat and to him, that made a self-defense argument unreasonable.

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