The Washington Post

Ex-officer’s murder conviction reversed


The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapoli­s police officer who fatally shot a woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home.

In its ruling in the case of Mohamed Noor, the Supreme Court also clarified what would constitute third-degree murder, or depraved-mind murder, saying the statute doesn’t apply if a defendant’s actions are directed at a particular person.

Noor was convicted of thirddegre­e murder and seconddegr­ee manslaught­er in the 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual U.s.-australian citizen who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. He was sentenced to 12½ years on the murder count but was not sentenced for manslaught­er.

The ruling means his murder conviction is overturned and the case will now go back to the district court, where he will be sentenced on the manslaught­er count. He has already served more than 28 months of his murder sentence.

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