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06-2022

A juror who convicted Kim Potter of manslaughter said the former police officer looked remorseful and as if she was “fighting for her life” on the podium.

A juror who convicted Kim Potter of manslaughter said the former police officer looked remorseful and as if she was “fighting for her life” on the podium.

In this video footage, former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter fails while testifying at a manslaughter charge on Friday, December 17, 2021.

In this video footage, former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter fails while testifying at a manslaughter charge on Friday, December 17, 2021.TV Court, via Associated Press, Pool

  • The juror who convicted Kim Potter told KARE that the former police officer looked remorseful when she testified in her defense.

  • Potter was convicted of manslaughter in the murder of Dunte Wright during the April traffic stop.

  • The juror asked KARE not to name them “due to the public hostility associated with this case.”

A juror who convicted former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter said they thought Potter genuinely repented when she burst into tears while testifying at the trial of the shooting of Downt Wright, a 20-year-old black man.

The juror on the case spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday in an interview with KARE. The juror asked KARE not to divulge their name due to “great public dislike associated with this case.”

On December 23, a 12-man jury, mostly white, convicted Potter of first and second degree manslaughter after 27 hours of deliberation. Potter said she intended to grab her stun gun when she shot Wright in the chest during a traffic stop in April.

A juror who spoke to KARE said the former police officer looked like she “fought for her life” when she stood up for her own defense, “and we understood why she did that.”

An anonymous person said he was “surprised” that some people didn’t think Potter’s tears in court were real, and told CARA that her crying on the podium felt “very real and tangible” to me.

“She looked very upset and apologetic,” the jury said.

Attorney Erin Eldridge told the jury in her closing arguments that “this is not a matter of whether the defendant regrets or repents.” During the trial, prosecutors repeatedly reminded the jury that manslaughter is a crime, even if it is a mistake, a tactic the legal expert told Insider was sound.

The jury told CARA that after listening to Potter’s testimony, they thought she looked “a good person and even a good cop.” But the jury still believed Potter had committed a crime.

“We felt that she was a good person. We felt that she made a mistake, and that the mistake does not absolve you from the fact that she committed a crime, ”the jury said to CARE. “Being a good person does not mean that you are above the law. I don’t think anyone felt that she wanted to kill someone that day. “

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