Jury Selection Begins In Trial For Ex-Cop Accused Of Fatally Shooting Daunte Wright
An attorney in the case said the incident was an "innocent mistake."
November 29, 2021 at 10:53 pm
Jury selection started in the trial for former officer Kim Potter who is accused of killing Daunte Wright in April
In footage from the shooting, Potter can be heard saying, "I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun," according to ABC7.
"I'm going to go to prison," she said at the time of the shooting.
Earl Gray, who’s representing the former Minneapolis officer, said the circumstances around the case point to human error.
"What we have basically is an innocent mistake," Gray said in a preview of his arguments. "That she wasn't culpably negligent and that she didn't cause the death of Mr. Wright. He caused his death himself."
Gray has also represented a former officer in the killing of George Floyd and has also served as legal counsel for the officers involved in the shooting of Philando Castile in St. Paul, USA Today reports.
Defense attorneys have argued that Wright’s death was due to his own actions, however. Officials say Wright drove off from a traffic stop and didn’t comply with law enforcement until Potter intervened.
The prosecution said that Potter knew better when she reached for her gun as opposed to her Taser.
As Blavity previously reported, Potter is facing first and second-degree manslaughter for Wright’s death.
If convicted of first-degree, Potter faces a maximum sentence of 15 years and a $30,000 fine. The second-degree charge carries a 10-year maximum sentence and a $20,000 fine.