Potter, who remains complimentary on $100,000 bond, is set up to stand trial Nov. 30.
He declined to comment even more on the additional count in connection with the death of Wright, 20, on April 11. The initial second-degree manslaughter charge remains.
Authorities said Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, misinterpreted her weapon for her Taser when she shot Wright as he tried to get back into his car during an arrest. The shooting caused days of rough demonstrations throughout the Chauvin trial, which ended in a guilty verdicts.
When thinking about a verdict, he said its clear Ellison is offering the eventual jury more to choose from.
Potter fatally shot Wright during a traffic drop in the final days of Chauvins trial.
” Its disappointing to have her dragged through a political storm by Mr. Ellison, like he has with these police officers,” Gray stated, describing Derek Chauvin and the three other previous Minneapolis officers charged in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. Gray represents one of the ex-officers, Thomas Lane.
Another defense lawyer, Earl Gray, berated the decision to file the extra higher count and accused Ellison of “outright overreach.”
Potter will be tried in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.
Potters attorneys said in a motion filed in August that Ellisons office had suggested that more or different charges may be coming. Attorney Paul Engh stated that until the defense knew all the charges Potter faced, it would not know whom to call for professional testimony.
A first-degree murder charge has actually been included versus Kimberly Potter, the former Brooklyn Center authorities officer who eliminated and shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop last spring.
” Of course, thats what they constantly do,” he stated. “You toss enough … against the wall, and something is going to stick.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the charge in a news release Thursday afternoon and stated the amended grievance versus Potter declares she devoted first-degree murder “by recklessly handling a gun” when she shot Wright.
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Previous versions of the story improperly said who would be standing trial at the Hennepin County Government Center.