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US police officer appeals Justine Ruszczyk murder conviction

The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting of Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk, who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault, has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to hear his appeal.

Mohamed Noor has filed a petition asking the state’s highest court to overturn his conviction in the death of Ms Ruszczyk, after a Court of Appeals panel upheld the jury’s decision earlier this month.

Some legal experts say the third-degree murder charge applies only when a defendant’s actions put multiple people at risk, but the appellate panel said it can apply when a defendant’s actions are directed at one person.

The state Supreme Court must now decide whether it will hear the appeal.

-Reported with AP

Source: 9News | World News

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