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.