Former Minnesota police officer found guilty of manslaughter in shooting of Daunte Wright

Kim Potter was found guilty on both counts of first and second-degree manslaughter.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –The jury has reached a verdict in the manslaughter trial of former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter who killed motorist Daunte Wright. Potter was charged with first and second-degree manslaughter. On Thursday, the jury found Potter guilty on both counts.

Wright was shot after a traffic stop when he was pulled over for expired registration and an air freshener on the rearview mirror. When officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant, they tried to arrest him, according to police testimony at the trial.

He resisted and attempted to re-enter his vehicle when Potter shot him. He then drove away, crashing shortly after, police testified.

Potter and her defense team maintained throughout the trial that Wright’s death was an accident. They said Potter mistakenly grabbed her gun instead of her stun gun.

Potter will now wait for a sentencing hearing.

The maximum sentence for first-degree manslaughter is 15 years and a $30,000 fine, and for second-degree manslaughter, it’s 10 years and a $20,000 fine.

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