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74 Seconds podcast: The prosecution rests, the defense begins

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Philando Castile (left) and Jeronimo Yanez
Philando Castile (left) and Jeronimo Yanez
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In July 2016, police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Yanez has been charged with manslaughter. Reporters from MPR News will follow the case, beginning with the traffic stop, in a new podcast called "74 Seconds."

Seventy-four seconds is the amount of time that elapsed between the moment Yanez turned on his squad car lights to the moment he fired the seventh and final shot into Castile's car. 

Episodes launched May 22, and our coverage continues when the trial begins: On the podcast, on the radio and on our website at mprnews.org/74seconds.

Trial, Day 8: The prosecution rests, the defense begins

By the fourth day of testimony, the prosecution has rested, the defense has moved for acquittal and we expect to hear soon from officer Jeronimo Yanez himself.

With the defense team working its way through its case, we take a look at what has happened so far and dive into the strategies at play in the courtroom.