Kim Potter Trial Live Updates: Potter Will Testify in Her Own Defense

Live Updates
  • Ex-Minnesota Police Officer Kim Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Minneapolis in April 2021
  • The incident occurred miles away from the trial of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, who was later convicted in the death of George Floyd
  • Defense attorneys argue Potter made an innocent mistake, as she mistook her gun for a taser
  • Juror selection started Tuesday November 30
  • Opening statements are set to begin December 8

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Duante Wright
Jury selection begins Tuesday in the trial of Kim Potter, a former police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Duante Wright. Above, members of Visual Black Justice install art outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 30, 2021. KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Kim Potter will testify in her own defense

Kim Potter will testify in her own defense.

Defense attorney Paul Engh said Potter will take the stand during his questioning of a potential juror.

Engh assured the juror that Potter will testify and explain her account of the incident.

Similar questions from Chauvin trial asked to jurors

Potential jurors in the trial of former police officer Kim Potter were asked questions that were similar to those asked to jurors in Derek Chauvin's trial in the murder of George Floyd.

Jury selection began Tuesday, November 30 and jurors will have opinions on Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest and opinions on policing

One question asked was if they or any of their close relatives participated in any marches or demonstrations related to policing that took place in the twin cities area in the last two years.

A questionnaire was given to a pool of around 200 potential jurors, according to the Associated Press. The questions in it resembled questions asked of potential jurors in Chauvin's trial in the murder of George Floyd.

FULL STORY: Potential Jurors in Kim Potter Trial Asked Similar Questions as Those From Chauvin Case

One juror selected, two excused

The attorneys in the Kim Potter case begin questioning potential jurors Tuesday.

So far, potential juror 2 has been selected to sit for the trial and potential jurors 4 and 5 have been excused.

Potential juror 4 seemed to be sympathetic to Duante Wright and have a strongly negative opinion of Potter.

Potential juror 5 told the court he had read a lot about the case before he was called for jury duty. He said he would try his best to set aside his prior knowledge and opinions if selected.

He said he had a positive view of police and respect for the law. When asked about Black Lives Matter "rioters" and calls to defund the police, he shared a negative view. He added that if Wright would have listened to directions at the traffic stop "he still would be with us."