Police found guilty of killing Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond in the United States has sensationally had her opinion overturned.
Minnesota Supreme Court has sensationally overturned the third-degree murder of a former Minneapolis police officer who killed Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond fatally in 2017.
The court has ruled that essentially a legal technique means that Mohamed Noor was not guilty of murder.
In June 2019, Noor was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for shooting and killing Ruszczyk Damond on the night of July 15, 2017 in Minneapolis when she had called the police to report a potential rape behind her house.
As she approached the police car, Noor fired her gun at her from her partner, striking and killing the Australian woman outside her home.
Noor has already served more than 28 months of his murder sentence. If he is sentenced to a presumptive four years for manslaughter, he may be entitled to a surveillance solution at the end of this year.
In the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimous verdict by Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, it was found that the language of the third-degree murder statute states that it applies when a defendant kills someone “by committing an act that is extremely dangerous to others and proving a corrupt mind.”
The word “other” was ruled to mean when more than one person’s life is threatened.
In its judgment, the court said that a person’s mental state must show a “generalized indifference to human life, which cannot exist when the defendant’s behavior is directed specifically at the person being killed.”
The judges said that the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn in Noor’s case was that his conduct was directed specifically at Damond Ruszczyk, “and the evidence is therefore insufficient to uphold his conviction.”
Sydney woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond met her fiance Don Damond at a meditation retreat in Colorado in 2012 and in 2015 moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to be with him.
The 40-year-old spiritual healer and meditation teacher was a week away from marrying him when she was shot and killed.
In June 2019, the city of Minneapolis Ruszczyk awarded Damond’s family $ 20 million and found that “there was no clear threat before the use of force was made.”