Noor To Plead Not Guilty

Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond died last year after being shot

Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond died last year after being shot

In the Justine Damond case, the ex-Minneapolis police officer accused of murder in her shooting death previous year plans to enter a not guilty plea, claiming that he acted in self-defense when the woman came upon the police SUV he was in, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Noor is arguing that he acted in self-defense when he fired the deadly shot. Prosecutors say Noor fatally shot Ruszczyk through the open driver's side window after she approached the squad auto from behind.

The Minneapolis Tribune reported on Wednesday that Noor's lawyer, Thomas Plunkett, had filed documents in court indicating he intends to use self-defence and reasonable force in Noor's legal defence.

The document, known as a Rule 9 disclosure, did not elaborate further on details of the proposed defence.

Mohamed Noor is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July.

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The shot came after Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, had driven through the alley behind Damond's home, saw no suspicious activity and were preparing to leave when they were surprised by someone outside the police vehicle. His next court date is May 8.

At the time, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that Noor's actions displayed a "disregard for human life". He is now free on bail.

Noor's attorney says his client shouldn't have been charged with a crime in the fatal shooting.

If convicted of third-degree murder, Mr Noor could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12-and-a-half years.

Noor has pleaded the fifth, remaining silent both publicly and with investigators.

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