Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 20 Live Updates: Closing Arguments Begin

20December 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Closing arguments in the Kim Potter trial are underway Monday morning.

The former Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright is charged with manslaughter. She has said she meant to use her Taser instead of her handgun.

Below are updates, beginning with the latest.


UPDATE (9:20 a.m.): After Judge Regina Chu gave the jury their instructions, Assistant Attorney General Erin Eldridge has begun the state’s closing argument.

“The defendant told you her sons will be home for the holidays,” Eldridge began. “You know who won’t be home for the holidays is Daunte Wright.”

WATCH: “The defendant told you her sons will be home for the holidays. You know who won’t be home for the holidays is Daunte Wright.”

The state has begun its closing argument in the Kim Potter trial.


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READ MORE: ‘The Facts Really Aren’t Disputed’: The Key Points To Be Made In Kim Potter Trial’s Closing Arguments

UPDATE (9 a.m.): Potter took the stand on Friday, breaking down during questioning by both the defense and prosecution.

“I remember yelling ‘Taser! Taser! Taster!’ and nothing happened. And then [Wright] told me I shot him,” Potter said as the defense walked her through the shooting.

During the state’s cross-examination, Assistant Attorney General Erin Eldridge questioned Potter about her reaction after the shooting. After Potter earlier testified a fellow officer “had a look of fear on his face” during the scuffle that was “nothing I’d seen before,” Eldridge made the point Potter did not check in on that officer after shooting Wright. Nor did she attempt to provide aid to Wright, Eldridge said.

“I’m sorry it happened,” Potter said. “I didn’t want to hurt anybody.”

After closing arguments, Potter’s fate will be in the hands of the jury. They will be sequestered during deliberations. Criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino, who is unaffiliated with the Potter trial, said he believes there will be a verdict before the holiday weekend.

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