Former Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Death

Former Minneapolis cop Mohamed Noor -- charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2017 shooting of Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond -- appeared in court on Friday.

The plea was not surprising; court documents suggested that would be the case.

Also up for discussion at Friday’s hearing was a laundry list of topics, with each side essentially asking permission to bring certain factors into the trial.

Prosecutors wanted to use Noor’s refusal to answer investigator’s questions after the shooting as evidence. They also wanted the court to consider a previous psych evaluation and some of Noor’s previous controversy in the case.

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Fourth Judicial District Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance refused prosecutors’ request to tell jurors that Noor refused a voluntary interview with investigators. That could change if Noor testifies.

The defense’s motion to sever the charges was also denied.

Australian woman Justine Ruszczyk was shot dead by former officer Noor on July 15, 2017. Image: Supplied

Noor was silent walking in and out of court, and he was silent in court. Attorney Thomas Plunkett spoke on his behalf.

The pretrial lasted about 30 minutes before everyone was dismissed.

There wasn’t too much back and forth other than discussing potential bias when picking a jury, and setting the qualifications for experts taking the stand.

Noor’s trial is scheduled to begin April 1.