Reuters reports that the murder trial of former police officer Mohamed Noor will begin on Tuesday. Minnesota prosecutors will argue that Noor committed murder when he shot Australian national Justine Damond near her home after she reported a suspected crime. Attorneys for Noor, are expected to argue that the ex-policeman thought he was in grave danger when he heard an unexplained loud noise and the 40-year-old Damond approached their car in an alley near her Minneapolis home, prompting Noor to shoot out of his window. Noor has pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, which carry penalties of up to 25 in prison.
Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, were responding to a 911 police emergency call about a suspected sexual assault. Prosecutors said Noor “recklessly” fired his gun out the patrol car window, killing Damond.