Noor goes to court


Day seven of the Mohamed Noor trial

Hear why Attorney Joe Friedberg is "astonished"

April 18, 2019 - 8:21 am

Wednesday was day seven of testimony in the murder trial of Mohamed Noor, the former Minneapolis Police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Justine Damond in July of 2017.

The jury heard testimony from a teenager who was riding his bike the night of the shooting death of Justine Damond.  He testified that he saw a woman holding a cell phone, but admitted he doesn't recall much of the night because he said he had smoked marijuana, and drank whiskey.

Noor's partner, Officer Mathew Harrity, is expected to testify as well perhaps before the week ends.

Twin Cities defense attorney Joe Friedberg, who is not associated with the case, says he believes Noor will take the stand.

"You prepare your defendant to testify, but you may not put him on if you don't think the state has proven their case.  In this case, I don't see how they can't put him on," Friedberg told WCCO's Chad Hartman.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis Police Chief has told his officers they cannot attend the court proceeding, unless under subpoena.

WCCO's Susie Jones reports that prosecutors have been particularly hard on a number of police officers who have taken the stand.  Attorney Joe Freidberg addressed that with WCCO's Chad Hartman and was astonished.  "How can you put a police officer up there today, accuse that police officer of lying, accuse them of conspiring with other officers, and then next week call that police officer as your lead witness!," said Friedberg.  

Stay with WCCO for continuing coverage of the trial.  

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