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Ex-cop’s murder verdict reversed in Australian woman’s death

This April 30, 2019 booking photo released by Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Noor after he was convicted Tuesday of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia whose death bewildered and angered people in both countries. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in 2017.

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. But he appealed the murder conviction, saying the charge was meant for cases in which a defendant’s actions are directed at more than one person.

The court’s ruling Wednesday could give Derek Chauvin grounds to appeal his third-degree murder conviction in George Floyd’s death, but that would have little tangible impact since Chauvin was also convicted of the more serious count of second-degree murder.


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