American police officer expected to plead not guilty to murder of Australian Justine Damond Ruszczyk

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There are reports he may argue self-defence.

In breaking news this Thursday, the U.S officer charged with killing Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk, is expected to plead not guilty in the upcoming case, the ABC reports. 

Damond Ruszczyk was shot dead by Minneapolis policeman Mohamed Noor in July 2017 after she called 911 from the alleyway behind her home in the American city. It has been reported that the 40-year-old Australian woman was calling emergency services to report having heard a woman screaming. 

As the ABC has shared, the officer who was with Noor at the time of the incident has said that Damond Ruszczyk approached their vehicle as they heard a loud sound. He then alleged that Noor fatally shot the woman from the passenger's seat of the car. 

According to The Age, The Minneapolis Tribune has reported that Noor’s lawyer has filed documents that suggest Noor will be arguing self-defence and reasonable force. 

Noor was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in March.

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Written By Stephanie Nuzzo
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